Detroit, MI Train-Firetruck Wreck, Mar 1895


A Freight Train Dashed Into a Hook and Ladder Truck.

DETROIT, Mich., March 7.--A shocking accident occurred at the intersection of Canfield avenue and the railroad tracks early this morning. There had been a fire to which Hook and Ladder Company No. 5 had been called. As the truck was crossing the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee tracks a freight train dashed into the truck and threw it from the track. The following men were probably fatally hurt: Driver ANTHONY KORTE, married, aged 26; Steersman CHRISTIAN GOEBET, single, aged 51; Lieutenant CHARLES L. CHASE, single, aged 35.

The tine of one of the hook and ladder forks entered KORTE's head, penetrating the brain. The truck was thrown about 150 feet and wrecked. The horses were badly mangled.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 8 Mar 1895