Bay City, MI Trolley Car Accident, July 1897

SIX DROWNED.

TROLLEY CAR AT BAY CITY, MICH., PLUNGES INTO THE RIVER.

Bay City, Mich., July 8. -- A trolley car running between Bay City and Saginaw ran off the Cheboyganing bridge across Saginaw River through an open draw at 10:10 o'clock Wednesday morning, taking the motorman and conductor and nine passengers.
The dead number six, as follows:
MRS. WILLIAM McCLELLAND, of Bay City.
JOHN W. HAWKINS, of Bay City.
MRS. DANIEL CAMPBELL and her three children, of Metamora, Mich.
Five other persons were injured, one of whom may die. Robert Jardine, the bridgetender, says that he hung out the red flag and started to swing the bridge to let a boat pass through, when the trolley car came running up at the rate of 30 miles an hour and plunged into the river, the motorman failing to bring the car to a stop, as required by a standing sign a short distance from the bridge.

Stevens Point Daily Journal Wisconsin 1897-07-08