Greenbush, NY Two Trolleys Collide, May 1901

DIE IN TROLLEY COLLISION.

FIVE KILLED AND MANY HURT IN AWFUL CRASH.

NEAR GREENBUSH, NEW YORK.

TWO CROWDED CARS MEET WHILE RACING FOR A SWITCH -- FULLY 120 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN A STRUGGLING PYRAMID OF WRECKAGE.

Albany, N.Y., May 27. -- Two crowded electric cars racing toward each other for a switch while running at the rate of forty miles an hour collided near Greenbush in the afternoon with terrific force. Five persons were killed and more than a score injured, at least two fatally and others seriously. The passengers on the cars, which run on the Albany and Hudson railway, were pleasure seekers bound for various resorts and many of them were of rich and fashionable families.
The dead are:
FRANK SMITH, motorman.
WILLIAM NICHOLAS, motorman.
MAUD KELLOGG of Round Lake.
ANNIE ROONEY of Stuyvesant Falls.
DAVID MAHONEY, mate on the Dean Richmond.
Fatally injured:
GEORGE C. BARRY of Troy, hurt internally.
FRED J. SMITH of Albany, injured internally.
Seriously injured:
WILLIAM F. BARRY of Troy, cuts on head.
MARY BARRY of Troy, leg broken.
GEORGE P. BITTNER of Moorville, cut and bruised.
ISAAC BLAUVELT of Albany, leg broken.
DE WITT C. PELTZ of Albany, badly bruised.
CHARLES PELTZ of Albany, painfully bruised.
HOWARD J. ROGERS of Albany, bruised and cut.
MRS. H. J. ROGERS of Albany, cut and bruised.
H. J. ROGERS of Albany, leg broken.
A. W. CROTSLEY of Albany, hurt internally.
GEORGE LANE of Albany, badly cut.
FRED HERZOG of Albany, shoulder dislocated.
The lobby of the postoffice at Greenbush after the disaster was filled with dead and wounded, with hysterical women and children looking for relatives and friends, and with surgeons administering temporary relief, while ambulances were hurrying through the town taking the wounded to hospitals and the dead to the morgue. The point on the single track where the collision occurred was at a sharp curve. So sudden was the collision that the motormen did not have time to put on the brakes before south-bound car No. 22 had gone almost clean through north-bound car No. 17 and hung on the edge of a high bluff with its load of shrieking, maimed humanity. One motorman was pinioned up against the smashed front of the platform with both legs severed. He was killed instantly, while the other motorman lived but a few minutes. Fully 120 men, women and children formed a struggling, screaming pyramid, mixed with blood, detached portions of human bodies and the wreckage of the cars.

The Daily Gazette Janesville Wisconsin 1901-05-27