Perth Amboy, NJ Train and Fire Truck Collision, June 1921
8 FIREMEN KILLED.
ENGINE HITS FIRE TRUCK AT CROSSING.
ENGINEER BROWN AND CONDUCTOR RIDGEWAY ARRAIGNED ON A CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER AS TRAGEDY SEQUEL.
Perth Amboy, N.J. June 16 - Theodore Brown, locomotive engineer and Arthur Ridgeway, conductor were arraigned today on a charge of manslaughter growing out of the death last night of seven firemen who were killed when the engine struck a fire truck at the Market Street crossing of the Central Railway of New Jersey. The firemen, who were members of a volunteer organization, were on their way to fight a small blaze. The truck was going swiftly. The safety gates at the railway crossing were not lowered it was said because they were out of order. The truck dashed past a line of waiting automobiles and struck the locomotive which was said to be going forty miles an hour. The firemen were thrown from the truck, some of them under the wheels of the engine.
Witnesses of the accident declare that ANDREW THOMAS, 64, gate tender waved a red flag when he saw the fire truck approaching. THOMAS was injured. The engineer said he did not see the truck until he was within a short distance of the crossing. He applied the brakes but to no avail. The victims of the accident will be given a public funeral during which all business places will be requested to close.
The public utilities commission today was requested to take immediate steps to abolish all grade crossings in Perth Amboy. It was pointed out that no action was taken on similar requests several years ago. JOHN E. MURPHY, another fireman, died at the city hospital today bringing the total death toll to eight.
Iowa City Press-Citizen Iowa 1921-06-16
List of the killed and injured:
HANS HOLT, of 210 Sheridan Street.
JOHN DONEGAN, 199 Grand Street.
PETER LARSON, 341 Market Street.
JOSEPH KUTCHER, 391 Ogden Place.
JAMES ANDERSON, 334 Market Street.
JOSEPH TORGESON, 219 Meade Street.
GEORGE LARSON, 287 Market Street, brother of PETER; died in City Hospital shortly after 11 o'clock.
JOHN E. MURPHY; died in hospital.
VICTOR JANDRUP, 32 years of age, of 240 South Second Street; internal injuries, fractured ribs, broken leg.
JACK MOWERY, 280 Watson Street; fractured skull.
E. V. JOHNSON, 42, of 284 Davidson Avenue.
RALPH PAULSEN, 25, of 290 Davidson Avenue.
ANDREW THOMAS, gate tender, 64 years old, 306 Laurie Street (DIED IN HOSPITAL).
JOSEPH FINAN, 25, of 284 Market Street.
ANDREW KAPTON, 26 years of age.