New York City, NY Lightning Strikes, Aug 1905




Trolley cars and passengers on them seemed to be the specially singled ut victims of the fury of yesterday's lightning storm. Fourteen persons were injured in a panic which followed the striking of a car in The Bronx. Two cars on their way to Coney Island were hit by lightning, and several passengers were burned and shocked. All three cars were crowded to their capacity and beyond, and a panic followed the electrical display. It was only by the hardest kind of work on the part of the conductors and motormen that fatalities did not result.
Those injured were:
GEORGE BAZZO, forty-seven years old, of No. 233 West 27th St.; cut over the eye; went home.
MRS. AGNES CARTER, forty-one years old, of No. 206 West 60th St.; contusions of right arm and left nee; Lebanon Hospial.
BENJAMIN CARTER, seven years old, same address; right foot injured; Lebanon Hospital.
WILHELMINA CARTER, ten years old, same address; contusions of left leg and right knee; Lebanon Hospital.
MAGGIE DEITZ, twelve years old, of 157th St. and Longwood Ave.; contusions of back and head; Lebanon Hospital.
ANNA FREEN, twelve years old, of 157th St. and Longwood Ave.; contusions of knees; Lebanon Hospital.
JENNIE JACKSON, nine years old, of No. 752 East 145th St.; scalp wounds; Lebanon Hospital.
EMIL KOLB, of No. 229 West 116th St.; shock; went home.
MRS. EMIL KOLB, same address; shock; went home.
MRS. JAMES NOLAN, of No. 243 West 29th St.; shock; went home.
MAGGIE ROOSE, twelve years old, of 704 East 145th St.; contusions of right knee; Lebanon Hospital.
MRS. THERESA ULRICH, twenty-nine years old, of 157th St. and Longview Ave.; cut over left eye and contusions of body; Lebanon Hospital.
MARY ULRICH, same address; contusions of left arm and face; Lebanon Hospital.
MRS. MARY WHITE, same address; shock; went home.
ADAM BIBIER, three years old, of No. 788 Myrtle Ave.; nurns on the face and shock.
JOHN CONROY, twenty-three years old, of No. 166 Richardson St.; shock.
ALICE EARLY, twenty years old, of No. 20 Powers St.; shock.
JACOB SCHLAGMAN, thirty years old, of No. 788 Myrtle Ave.; shock and bad burns of the face and arms.
LUCY SNYDER, twenty-four years old, of No.68 Dupont St.; shock.
The Bronx car was on the Webster Ave. line, bound for Mount Vernon. Nine of those injured had to be taken to the Lebanon Hospital. Some one turned in a fire alarm when the car was struck, but the services of the firemen were not needed.
The car, built to seat eighty persons, had nearly one hundred aboard when the bolt hit it. The lightning struck the trolley pole and was conducted to the motors under the car, where lightning arresters headed it off and conducted it into the ground.
None of the passengers were struck by the bolt, but the lightning enveloped the car in a blue blaze for a second and the passengers, a majority of whom were women and children, became panic stricken. The power was not interfered with by the bolt and the car kept on for some little distance at full speed.
Notwithstanding this there was a frantic rush for safety on the part of those inside the car, and scores of them leaped into the street, those in front being knocked down and trampled upon by those behind them. It was in this rush that those injured were hurt.

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