Lawrenceville, NJ Trolley Cars Collide, June 1905



Special to The New York Times.
Trenton, June 10. -- Seventeen persons were hurt, two perhaps mortally, this evening when two trolley cars of the Johnson system crashed head-on just east of Lawrenceville. One was en route from the Princeton--Yale baseball game and was loaded with collegians and their friends. The most seriously injured are:
MRS. ROBERT ALLEN, daughter of Carl Lawrence Farrell, Trenton; badly cut about face; taken home in cab.
MISS GRACE BOWMAN, Trenton; cut and bruised about the body.
CHARLES CARRIE, Stroudsburg, Penn.; head badly cut; taken to Mercer Hospital.
MISS EDNA CLAYTON, Trenton; cut by glass.
MRS. JOHN CODY, Trenton; cut by flying glass.
ROY CONOVER, Princeton; badly cut about head and face; removed to Mercer Hospital.
DON CRAWFORD, Trenton; cut and bruised.
JOHN DAVIS, Trenton; cut about the face, legs injured; taken to Hotel Sterling.
STEPHEN HELVICK, Trenton; cut about head.
LANGBORN JOHNSON, Trenton; face mangled and internal injuries; back may be broken; removed to Mercer Hospital, semi-conscious, probably will die.
THOMAS A McCUE, Washington; cut about face, leg broken, and internal injuries; condition serious.
W. MEEHAN, Princeton; cut by glass.
J. FRANK O'NEILL, Trenton; internal injuries.
WILLARD PUMPEY, Trenton; cut about head.
DAVID RICKEY, Trenton; nose broken and face badly cut; taken home.
EDWARD SIMMONS, Trenton; injured about the breast.
FRANK SWAYZE, Trenton; legs and back injured, and hands badly cut.
Many persons suffered minor injuries and went home for treatment.
General Manager H. D. Honnecker of the trolley company late tonight made the following statement:
"The company is investigating the cause of the wreck. It looks as if a green motorman had run past a red light, although we are not now in position to declare positively that such was the case. The whole affair will be sifted to the bottom, to place the responsibility for the deplorable accident."
It is somewhat remarkable that neither motorman was injured, although passengers say both stuck to their posts. The Princeton bound car was of the Winter pattern and was not badly damaged. The Trenton bound car was a Summer car and the whole front caved in. Farmers living in the vicinity did good work in rescue and giving temporary shelter.
LANGBORN JOHNSON, who is the worst injured, was widely known as a decorator of buildings. He had been to Princeton to trim some of the college structures and was returning home.
The wrecked cars were shoved for a considerable distance by the force of the collision, and when finally brought to a standstill there ensued a terrible struggle among passengers to escape. Women were thrown down and trampled in the confusion. Several fainted and others had clothing torn almost off.
A relief car with doctors was dispatched to the scene, and the injured were brought on to this city. The wreckage was hurriedly pushed aside and other cars were put in service to carry away the crowds still waiting at the Princeton end of the line.
Assistant City Controller JOHN L. PARSONS and his wife of Trenton are among those who suffered minor injuries. They were on the way to Princeton. MR. PARSONS was cut about the head and his wrist was badly wrenched. He was jammed down between two seats. MRS. PARSONS was thrown on the floor and her head was injured.

New York Times New York 1905-06-11