Portland, OR Electric Car Accident, Feb 1893

ELECTRIC CAR RUNS AWAY.

THREE MEN KILLED AND MANY INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT AT PORTLAND, ORE.

Portland, Ore., Feb. 16. -- A frightful accident occurred on the City & Suburban Electric Railway Wednesday afternoon in which three persons were instantly killed and a dozen severely injured. A car was going down hill, when its motorman lost control of it and it plunged down two blocks at terrific speed. When the car reached a curve at the bottom of the hill it left the track and was overturned. The momentum was so great that the car, leaving the track, was dashed to pieces.
There were forty-five passengers aboard, among them being twenty young people who constituted the graduating class of Williams Avenue Grammar School.
The dead were:
J. O. DENNIS, aged 70 years.
BERTRAM DENNIS, his son, aged 8 years.
T. T. JOHNSON.
JAMES MENEFEE was probably fatally injured.
Nearly every one on the car was cut or bruised. The motorman and conductor were arrested, but subsequently released. A police officer who was on the car said the motorman was not to blame; that the brakes would not hold the car.

Logansport Reporter Indiana 1893-02-16