Philadelphia, PA Sign Falls On Crowd, Jan 1911

HEAVY SIGN FALLS ON CROWD; 3 DEAD.

BLOWN FROM BUILDING ON MARKET STREET, PHILADELPHIA.

WITHOUT WARNING BIG METAL DEVICE DROPS INTO THOROUGHFARE THRONGED WITH SHOPPERS - TWO MEN AND A GIRL CRUSHED - A NUMBER OF OTHERS INJURED.

Philadelphia, Jan. 30 - Death swooped down upon a crowd of shoppers in busy Market Street today when a big, heavy sheet metal sign blown from a high roof fell among them and killed two men and a girl. A half dozen other persons were injured, several so seriously that they were taken to a hospital.
The dead:
JOHN ELLIS, 40 years old, Philadelphia.
HENRY HAHN, 56 years old, Philadelphia.
RUTH SEYBOLD, 17 years old, Philadelphia.
The sign was about 20 feet wide and 10 feet high and stood on the roof of a four-story building in the heart of the retail shopping district. The street was crowded, it being the noon hour.
Without warning the sign, which was old, was wrenched from its fastening by a high wind, and fell to the sidewalk. The greater portion of the heavy sign landed in the middle of the street, and had it not been for this the loss of life probably would have been greater. Those caught under the metal wreckage were near the curb.
A panic ensued and someone turned in an alarm of fire which brought out the firemen, thus adding to the excitement. Among the seriously injured is ALBERT BENCHFER, who sustained a fractured skull.

Intelligencer Journal Lancaster Pennsylvania 1911-01-30