Montclair, NJ Sled Accident, Feb 1908


Ten Men and Women on a Flying Bob Crash Into a Car.

Special to The New York Times.

MONTCLAIR, N.J., Feb. 11.----A bobsled on which ten young men and women were coasting down the Claremont Avenue hill here to-night smashed into a trolley car which was stalled in Valley Road at the crossing. Two young women and a young man were badly hurt. All the others on the sled were bruised and cut. Several were knocked senseless. The worst injured were:

CALDWELL, EDMUND, right arm broken.
DOREMUS, Miss CORNELIA, 69 North Fullerton Avenue, daughter of W. Lou Doremus, several ribs broken and lung penetrated by broken bone.
GRUNSKY, Miss KATE, 49 North Fullerton Avenue, daughter of Charles Grunsky, a civil engineer, breast bone broken.

Others on the sled more or less hurt were Philip and Elizabeth Doremus, a brother and a sister of Cornelia; Edward Grunsky, brother of Kate; Miss Margaret Reed, daughter of the Rev. Orville Reed, Miss Marguerite Studer, and Felix Jenkins.

Leslie Ludlam, son of W. L. Ludlam, a banker of Claremont Avenue, was steering the sled. Ludlam's companions asserted that only his presence of mind prevented a more serious accident, for he turned the bob just before it struck the car.

The bob was at the top of the hill, known here as "The Mountain," and was half a mile away. The policeman gave the signal half a mile away. The policeman gave across the road. Just when its length was stretched across Claremont Avenue the fuse blew out, and the car was stalled. It was also thrown into darkness, for all the lights went out.

The sled descended the hill at the pace of an express train. Young Ludlam at the tiller of the sled and the crowd of passengers on the trolley car saw each other about the same time. There was a shout of warning, and Ludlam swung around his tiller. The runners of the sled crunched and skidded sidewise over the ice, and the sled crashed into the trolley car just behind the forward trucks.

The men and girls were sent flying through the air in all directions. Miss Doremus, Miss Grunsky, and young Caldwell could not be revived at first. Men from the trolley car carried them to the home of W. L. Ludlam, a short distance away. One or two of the other girls were carried also, but the men were brought to and assisted to the house.

The condition of Miss Doremus and of Miss Grunsky is serious, although both will probably recover.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Feb 1908