New York, NY Train Accident Kills Girl, Jan 1889


A Shocking Accident in Third Avenue Last Night.

Mangled by a Motor While the Storm Was at Its Height – Struck Down in the Presence of Her Friends.

MR. STEPHEN H. MARTIN, his daughters TILLY and KATIE MARTIN and MISS GEORGIE TAYLOR were all walking down Third avenue last evening at 7:45 o'clock. MR. MARTIN is a well to do farmer who lives with his large family at the foot of Sixty-first street. He and his daughters had left their house before the tornado arrived, desiring to attend services at the Fourth Avenue M. E. Church where a week or prayer is proceeding.

They were caught in the great storm and so blown about that when they attempted to cross Third avenue their minds were pretty fully occupied with keeping their feet. There is a very steep grade at this point on the railroad track, and trains from Fort Hamilton have to apply the brakes pretty strongly. Coming down this steep grade from Fort Hamilton at the very same time that the MARTINS undertook to cross was one of the steam surface trains of the Brooklyn City Railroad.

Neither the girls nor their father saw the locomotive till it was almost upon them. Then all sprang aside with the exception of MISS TILLIE. How it happened is not precisely known by anybody, but the girl was struck and instantly killed. The train came to a standstill and the agonized father pulled his daughter's body from under the can step where it was crushed.

The body was conveyed to the house of a neighbor and DR. PARSHALL, of Fifth-fourth street, was summoned. He found only a large black and blue mark over the heart. No bones were broken and no blood was shed. The body was not mangled or bruised in any other way, for the train was coming to a halt when it struck the girl, and the brakes were applied immediately and prevented the body from being dragged.

MISS TILLIE was 25 years of age, a great, rosy healthy, quick intelligent girl, who was much beloved by her family and friends. She was the organist of the church and, when the news of her death reached the worshipers, there was great consternation and more grief than could be expressed.