East New York, NY (Long Island) Train And Carriage Collision, July 1906




Another grade crossing tragedy on the Long Island Railroad, in which three persons were killed and another was seriously injured occurred yesterday afternoon at Vesta Avenue and New Lots Road, East New York. A trin speeding to Manhattan Beach from Long Island City stuck a carriage which was being driven by SAMUEL MEANLEY, thirty-seven years old, of No. 368 Snediker Avenue, East New York, killing MEANLEY and his son SAMUEL, four years old, almost instantly, and injuring his seven-year-old daughter, NNA so seriously that she died about an hour after her removal to the Bradford Street Hospital.
MAX RUBIN, twelve years old of No. 341 Snediker Avenue, the other occupant of the carriage, who was also seriously hurt, is in the Bradford Street Hospital with laceation of the head, face and arms and, it is believed, internal injuries. The doctors, however, entertain hope for his recovery.
MEANLEY, who had a saloon at Snediker and Blake Avenues, decided yesterday afternoon to take his two children on an outing to a small resort at Jamaica Bay, and as he was starting RUBIN came along. Seeing that he was anxious for a ride. MEANLEY invited him to get in the carriage, which as a one-seated runabout.
The place where the accidnt occurred is a dangerous grade crossing. A little more than a year ago a man driving across the tracks was run down and killed there. MEANEY was driving west along New Lots Avenue. Before reaching the tracks of the Long Island Railroad, which run north and south, he had to passunder the new elevated railroad structures of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. There is an embankment of earth clean to the top of the elevated structure, surrounded by a concrete retaining wall on either side of the New Lots Avenue crossing. The Manhattan Beach tracks are parallel with the elevated line, and the embankment completely hid the train from MEANLEY'S sight until he had driven directly in front of it.
Theodore Doering, the flagman of the Long Island Railroad, declared that when he saw the train he called out to MEANLEY, but that instead of stopping he drove right on in front of the speeding train. The horse was hurled forty feet with the carriage and its occupants. The animal's back was broken and MEANLEY and his son killed. When the train stopped passengers ran back and picked up ANNA and MAX RUBIN, both of whom were unconscious. A telephone message to the Bradford Street Hospital brought Dr. Howard and an ambulance, and the physician hurried the living to the hospital.
Mrs. Meanley reached the hospital just before ANNA died. The woman collapsed from grief, as her entire family was killed.
The engineer of the train, which was No. 100, is Peter Jones, of No. 107 4th Street, Long Island City. He was arrested.
The New Lots Avenue crossing is protected only by a flagman, being without gates or warning signals of any kind. The flagman was not arrested.

New York Tribune New York 1906-07-16