Kansas City, MO Elevator Accident, Mar 1908

CRUSHED BY AN ELEVATOR.

In Attempting to Leave the Car J. M. Snavely Was Caught in the Gate.

J. M. Snavely, a deputy United States marshal and night watchman at the Federal building, was crushed between an elevator and a floor landing in the American Bank building at Eighth and Delaware streets at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon and dangerously injured. His right hip and left shoulder were dislocated, and he may have received internal injuries. He was taken to the Swedish hospital. He lives at 1908 Missouri avenue.

According to the elevator operator, Thomas Carlos, Snavely got on the elevator at one of the upper floors. At the second floor a passenger got out, and as he operator was starting the car downward and closing the gate, Snavely attempted to get out. He was caught in the gate and the roof of the car pushed him downward to the floor, crushing his left shoulder and right hip.

The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO 2 Mar 1908

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AN ELEVATOR'S VICTIM DIES.

Injuries Received by J. M. Snavely In the American Bank Building Were Fatal.

James M. Snavely, a deputy United States marshal and night watchman at the federal building, who was crushed in an elevator doorway in the American Bank building last Monday afternoon, died this morning at the Swedish hospital as a result of his injuries. Mr. Snavely was 49 years old and had lived in Kansas City eighteen years. He left a wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Snavely, a daughter, Hortense Snavely, and a son, Edward Snavely. He lived at 1908 Missouri avenue.

The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO 6 Mar 1908

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A Jury Says Snavely Was Careless.

A coroner's jury decided this morning that the death of James Snavely, a deputy United States marshal, who was crushed by an elevator in the American Bank building, March 2, was a result of his own carelessness.

The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO 10 Mar 1908