Staten Island, NY Trolley Overturns, Apr 1918
PENNED IN OVERTURNED CAR.
THIRTY-ONE PERSONS INJURED IN STATEN ISLAND TROLLEY ACCIDENT.
Thirty-one persons were injured last night, two seriously, when a steel trolley car on the Richmond Light and Railway Company was derailed on the curve at Richmond Turnpike and Jewett Avenue, Castleton Corners, S. I., by the failure of the airbrakes. The momentum of the car was so great that it left the track and ran about 200 feet before it overturned.
When LOUIS SCHALZO, the motorman, found that the airbreaks had failed he sized the emergency handbrake and tried to stop the car, but it had gathered such speed that his effort failed. He shouted to the passengers to leave the car, and JOHN HAYWARD, the conductor, tried to operate the air apparatus to open the doors, but it would not work. The crash threw one end of the car from the trucks, broke all the windows, and unloosened seats, so that none of the thirty-one passengers escaped injury. After the car had turned over policemen had to break open the steel cars with crowbars to release the passengers.
Those seriously injured in hospitals are RALPH BAINBRIDGE of 402 Jewett Avenue, Port Richmond; MRS. GUSSIE SINCOLE of 265 Jewett Avenue; MARGARET CLEVELAND, 292 Jewett Avenue; JOSEPH A. CARTER, United States Navy; FRED HUGHES, 815 Jewett Avenue; G. C. KROCHERON, 405 Jewett Avenue; C. F. ROBINSON, 87 Jewett Avenue.
The New York Times New York 1918-04-20