Kalamazoo, MI Train And Street Car Crash, Nov 1910
SIX PERSONS DEAD.
TWENTY-SIX INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT KALAMAZOO.
FAST TRAIN CRASHED INTO A LOADED STREET CAR.
CONDUCTOR SIGNALED CAR AHEAD AT THE CROSSING AND ENGINE HIT IS SQUARELY - MANY BADLY MANGLED.
Kalamazoo, Mich., Nov. 13. - Six persons are dead and twenty-six injured, four of whom, it is thought will die as the result of a street car on the Kalamazoo City Lines of the Michigan United Railways company being run down last night by a fast westbound express train on the Michigan Central Railroad. All of the dead and injured were passengers on the street car.
WARD ABBOTT, twenty-five years old, married; both legs cut off.
WILLIAM F. SCHAFFER, forty-five years old, single. Body severed and burned. Killed instantly.
MISS ELVIRA CRAIG, twenty years old; internal injuries and burns.
GEORGE M. NORMAN, forty-nine years old, tailor. One arm and foot cut off.
THEODORE MOSK, twenty-six years old, paper maker of South Haven, Mich. Head severed from body.
J. F. LANG, thirty-five years old, blacksmith. Killed instantly.
All of the dead except MOSK lived in Kalamazoo.
MISS JACOBA VROGENDEWAY, eighteen years old, internally injured and burned.
MISS CORA FRENTHEWAY, sixteen years old. Found early this morning beside the track unconscious. Body terribly bruised and cut.
MISS FLORENCE WILMOT, twenty-one years old; skull crushed and body badly bruised.
MISS CLARA CRAWFORD, twenty years old; burned, crushed and possibly internally injured. All are residents of Kalamazoo.
Signaled Car Ahead.
The train was running into the city at high speed, it is said, and as it rounded the curve where is located the East Main Street crossing, it crashed into the street car.
Conductor Vernon VanHorn of the street car was standing between the Michigan Central double tracks. He had signaled his car ahead. Van Horn claims he did not see the train or hear it until it was directly upon him. It was then too late to stop his car.
The train hit the front end of the street car, tearing it into thousands of pieces. Mangled passengers, living and dead, were carried on the front of the engine for nearly a block before the train was brought to a stop.
Motorman ABBOTT, with both legs cut off, was pulled from under the engine unconscious. The living were lifted from the front of the engine and with those taken from the ruins of the street car, were hurried to hospitals.
The passengers who were caught in the car were burned and shocked from an electric current that was continually running through the metallic parts of the car until the trolley was removed.
MISS ELVIRA CRAIG was frightfully burned as well as injured. Her back was a mass of charred flesh. For nearly a minute she lay in the street with her clothes ablaze before being discovered. Shortly after her removal to the hospital she died.
MISS CORA FRENTHEWAY lay all night beside the Michigan Central unconscious from terrible injuries. She was removed to her home and may die.
The two railway companies refused to give out a statement today concerning the wreck but have already begun an investigation into the cause of the accident. Tomorrow morning the coroner's inquest will be held.
Nebraska State Journal Lincoln Nebraska 1910-11-14