Chicago, IL Trolley And Train Collide, Aug 1901

MET SUDDEN DEATH.

FOUR PASSENGERS ON CROWDED TROLLEY CAR ARE INSTANTLY KILLED -- MANY MORE ARE INJURED.

MOTORMAN, WHO HIMSELF DIED LATER, RAN HIS CAR INTO A RAPIDLY MOVING RAILROAD TRAIN.

Chicago, Aug. 17. -- By the collision of a trolley car on the Forty-seventh Street line with a rapidly moving passenger train on the Pennsylvania road tonight four people were killed outright and eleven injured.
The dead:
FREDERICK O. EDWARDS, thirty-seven years old.
HARRIETT SUTCLIFFE, fifty years old.
IDA B. OSTER, twenty-nine years old, of 2143 Vine Street, Cincinnati.
Unidentified Woman, twenty-five years old.
Injured:
LUTHER JACKSON, internal injuries and ribs broken.
MARY O'MALLEY, left arm broken and leg cut.
KATE GREENFIELD, both legs broken and internal injuries; may die.
MARTIN BRANERD, cut on head and shoudlers.
JAMES GILLETTE, cut about face and head.
WILLIS BOWMAN, motorman of car, three ribs broken, internal injuries; died later in hospital.
V. J. FULTON, conductor of car, slightly cut.
MARGARET DWYER, internal injuries.
MRS. LIZZIE COALE, three ribs broken.
DR. CLARISA BIGELOW, left thigh broken and head cut.
J. BROADWITZ, left leg broken.
The accident occurred at Forty-seventh Street and Steward Avenue, where a large number of railroad tracks, running north and south at the street level, and across these the street car line runs at right angles.
It is the custom of the conductors to run ahead of their cars and standing upon the tracks to signal the motorman to advance or remain stationary, accordig to the absence or presence of approaching trains. The car, which was filled with passengers, came up to the tracks tonight from the west. The gates across the street car line were down, as a passenger train was moving rapidly south.
Whether the motorman, WILLIS BOWMAN, was unable to control his car, or whether he bacame confused and turned on the current, is a matter of doubt. The car paused a moment as it approached the tracks, but before Conductor V. J. FULTON could alight to run ahead of the car, according to the usual custon, there came a violent lurch, the car shot forward, passed rapidly across two intervening tracks, and crashed heavily into the passenger train.
Had the car struck a passenger coach in the side the loss of life would not have been so great, but it struck between the rear end of the second coach and the front end of the third. It was caught up, whirled around, turned bottom side up and carried fifty feet south of the crossing in a few seconds.

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Unidentified Dead Victim of Crash

I learned that my great-grandmother died in a train crash in Chicago. 1901 would be about the right year, although I don't know for sure. One of the dead is an unidentified woman 25 years of age. This would not be such a great clue except my grandmother's name is listed as one of the injured, Mary O'Malley. Very interesting! Thanks.