Philadelphia, PA Trolley Runs Into Stone Wall, May 1904

TWO INJURED IN WILD TROLLEY DASH

WOMEN THROWN INTO PANIC IN RUNAWAY CAR ON OAK LANE HILL.

A runaway trolley car on the York Road Division jumped the track yesterday afternoon and dashed into a stone wall near Oak Lane. All of the passengers, including a number of women and children, were thrown into a state of panic and two men hurled from the rear platform were so badly injured that they had to be taken to the Jewish Hospital.

The injured men were:

William Carroll, aged 30 years, of No. 26 Ashmead street.

Nicola Simeoni, aged 40 years, of No. 536 East Rittenhouse street, Germantown.

Carroll was injured internally but Simeoni escaped with severe bruises.

The accident occurred on Oak Lane hill, which is nearly a half mile long extending on York road from Oak Lane to Chelten avenue. It was a Fifteenth and Locust street car and had nearly a score of passengers on board. As it started down the incline the wheels began to slide on the slippery rails caused by the rain. The motorman did his best to stop it, but by the time the brakes were on the car was moving so rapidly that the wheels would not catch on the rails.

The motorman jumped just before the crash came and escaped with a few bruises.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 11 May 1904