Pittsburgh, PA Street Cars Collide, Jul 1897
STREET CARS IN A WRECK.
ACCIDENT AT PITTSBURG WHICH WILL COST FOUR LIVES, PERHAPS MORE.
PASSENGERS PILED IN A HEAP.
ONE CAR JUMPS THE TRACKS AND TWO CLOSELY FOLLOWING CRASH INTO IT.
Pittsburg, Pa., July 6. -- Four people were fatally injured and eighteen or twenty others more or less injured in a street car wreck tonight on the Forbes Street line of the Consolidated Traction Company.
The names of those seriously injured are:
MICHAEL DOYLE, motorman, top of head torn away, two ribs and a leg broken; will die.
W. A. MANLY, employed in the circulation department of the Times, scalp laid bare and hurt internally; will probably die.
MISS SMITH, skull fractured; will die.
C. D. ROGERS, leg and arm broken and hurt internally; will die.
MRS. MARY H. WILSON, two ribs, right leg and left ankle broken; may recover.
The wreck occurred at Soho Hill, at the time when the immense crowds which attended the fireworks display at Schenley Park was returning home.
An Atwood street car had gone about half way down the hill when it jumped the track. Closely following it came an open summer car with a trailer both densely packed with people. Before the second train could be stopped it crashed into the derailed car. Hardly had the first collision happened before a third car, heavily laden, came down the hill at full speed and forced its way into the wreck ahead. It was the second crash that did most of the damage, and the scene was indescribable.