South Orange, NJ train accident, Mar 1910


Fireman Thrown Under Wheels As He Jumped - Had Won Carnegie Medal.

Albert Slatt, fireman of the Lackawanna train from New York arriving at South Orange, N. J., at 12:30 o'clock yesterday morning, was run over by his own engine when he jumped off before it stopped. He died at 5 o'clock in the Orange Memorial Hospital. Slatt struck the paling of a bridge and was thrown under the wheels. Both legs were cut off above the knees and his skull was fractured.

John Voight, the engineer, said he believed that Slatt had been blinded by the light of the fire and could not see where he was jumping. He had been stoking just before reaching South Orange, and remarked that he would jump off there and go back to the smoker for a drink of water while the train was waiting.

Slatt was the possessor of a Carnegie medal for bravery, having distinguished himself three Winters ago in the rescue of four men who had broken through the ice at Lake Hopatcong. He got the four men to safety and was going back for a fifth, but had to give up exhausted. The fifth man was drowned.

Slatt was unmarried and boarded at Dover, N. J. He leaves a widowed mother, a resident of Ledgewood, N. J.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 May 1910