Iowa City, IA Trestle Accident, Oct 1911
CO-ED AND ESCORT FALL FORTY FEET.
WERE WALKING ON INTERURBAN TRESTLE BRIDGE.
MISS LULU WHITE OF COLO, IOWA, AND A. H. MOON ARE SERIOUSLY INJURED -- TRIED TO GET OUT OF WAY OF AN APPROACHING CAR.
After escaping to a position of safety on a side pier of the interurban trestle bridge at Iowa City just as an interurban car was crossing the bridge, MISS LULU WHITE of Colo, Iowa, a co-ed at the University of Iowa, and her escort A. H. MOON, fell forty feet to the ground shortly after 11:30 yesterday forenoon.
After being taken to the university hospital, MISS WHITE was reported as suffering from concussion of the brain, and her condition is serious. MOON was unconscious for a long time and could give no account of the accident.
Although first reports brought the information that MISS WHITE was struck by the car, local officials of the interurban state that their reports show this was not so. The accident happened on the trestle bridge which crosses the Iowa River just south of the university gymnasium. MISS WHITE and MOON being on the bridge as the car which leaves Iowa City at 11:30 approached.
Got to Place of Safety.
The train was in charge of Motorman ANTHONY SOUKUP and Conductor W. C. STOOKEY. Motorman SOUKUP states that he saw a man and woman on the bridge, but that the couple got to a side pier and were safe from injury by the car. Neither he nor the conductor saw them fall.
An eye witness of the accident, who reported to the interurban company yesterday, stated that the couple were on the safety pier, and fell just as the train passed them. Other reports say that MISS WHITE was falling, and MOON attempted to catch her, lost his balance, and fell with her to the ground.
The trestle near the university gymnasium is a dangerous place to cross. It has no sidewalk, runs in a long curve to the river, and the approach from the south is concealed by hills which make it impossible for pedestrians to see an approaching car. In spite of these dangers and signs which forbid the passing, students of the university pass over the bridge on their way to the west side of the river.
UNCONSCIOUS AFTER 24 HOURS.
Iowa City, Oct. 23 -- MISS LULU WHITE, of Colo, Iowa, who fell from an interurban bridge here yesterday remained unconscious after 24 hours today and little hope is held for her recovery. A. H. MOON, of Cresco, Iowa, who was with MISS WHITE, and who also fell from the bridge, has recovered.
MISS WHITE fainted as a car rushed past the narrow trestle. Her escort, in attempting to save her, lost his balance and fell 30 feet to the embankment below. MISS WHITE is suffering from concussion of the brain.
Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Iowa 1911-10-23