Gloucester, NJ Train And Trolley Collide, Sept 1899



Camden, N. J., Sept. 8. -- A bad grade crossing accident at Gloucester City this evening resulted in one death, the severe injury of fifteen persons, and the slight injury of fifteen others, all trolley passengers.
The dead:
NEUNSICHWARD, ANNIE, 814 Butterworth Street, Philadelphia.
Those most seriously injured:
DELLARD, CURRUIT, thirty-five years of age, Ridge Avenue.
THOMAS, MARY E., 2326 Lawrence Street.
MORLEY, OSCAR B., Mountairy, Penn.
TELLER, MRS. HENRY, 1100 Filbert Street, Philadelphia.
The accident occurred at the Essex and Salem Streets Gloucester City. The trolley car was loaded with passengers at the time. It was bound from Washington Park at Gloucester.
The persons on board had been spending the day at the park, and started to return to their homes in Philadelphia and other points in Pennsylvania and this State by way of the Camden, Gloucester and Woodbury Road.
At the point where the accident occurred the trolley road's tracks cross those of the Reading Railroad at grade. The loaded trolley car ran upon the rails of the steam road directly in front of an engine which was rapidly leaving the station, which is nearly a square away.
Those on the car saw their peril before the engine was on top of the car, and many jumped and escaped, or at worst received only slight injuries.
Before all could leave the imperiled car the engine was upon it. The trolley car was wrecked and overturned. Those who, owing to the crowded condition of the car, could not leave it at the first hint of peril suffered the most.
The car was hit almost in the middle and demolished. The slightly injured were mostly those who jumped before the car was hit by the engine. They were quickly cared for, and some were brought to this city and more taken through direct to their homes in Philadelphia.
It is not known how the accident occurred. The crossing is suppodsed to be carefully guarded, but the car was allowed to go on the tracks directly in front of the engine. The signal to go ahead was given to the motorman, he claims.
When this signal was given, if it was, the engine must have been in full view from the crossing.
The wreck caused great excitement here and at Gloucester.

The New York Times New York 1899-09-04