Norfolk, VA Trolley Collision, Aug 1902



Norfolk, Va., Aug. 24. -- In a head on collision between two trolley cars on the Bay Shore Terminal line late this afternoon three people were killed and many others badly injured.
The accident occurred about three and a half miles from Norfolk. One car was coming from Ocean View and the other going to the View. The orders were that the shore-bound car should wait at the siding for the other. Motorman W. S. YANDELL failed to obey the orders, and the crash came 400 yards beyond the siding. YANDELL endeavored to jump, but was crushed between the telescoped cars and killed. Motorman C. B. COLDEN of the other car applied his air brakes as soon as he saw the danger, and then tried to jump, as did LINWOOD FENTRESS, the ten-year-old son of R. B. FENTRESS, President of the Norfolk Cold Storage and Ice Company, who recently purchased extensive subway franchises in Baltimore. Both COLDEN and young FENTRESS were caught under the platform of the shore-bound, which piled up on the other, and were killed outright. The FENTRESS boy was crushed to death.
Both cars were full of Sunday excursionists and few escaped uninjured.
There is no complete list of the injured. R. P. WALLER, a brother of Major L. W. T. Waller, was on one of the cars and sustained serious injuries. He was taken to his home on Pembroke Avenue. M. V. AHEARN of The Virginian Pilot, was wedged between two seats and injured internally. BENJAMIN ROWSON, managing editor of The Humorist, also sustained serious injuries. A nephew of Major Waller, named CORLISS, was injured also.
People who were near the front of the shore-bound car state that Motorman YANDELL was talking with a young woman passenger who was standing in the crowd on the front platform when the crash came. After the crash this woman was removed in an unconscious condition from beneath the dead motorman's body.

New York Times New York 1902-08-25