New York, NY Street Car Accident, Nov 1903


Broadway Car Hits a Cross-Town One at Twenty-third Street---- No One Dangerously Injured.

Eight persons were more or less hurt in a collision of trolley cars at the crossing of Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and Twenty-third Street, at 10:30 o'clock yesterday morning.

The accident seems to have been due to a misunderstanding by the motormen of the signals of the men who with red and white flags in the day time and similar colored lanterns at night preserve safety and prevent confusion at the corner. A cross-town car, bound east, in charge of Motorman Myer Markowitz, and crowded with women, stopped on the down-town tracks of the Broadway line. Martin Kane, the motorman of a Broadway car had been signaled to go ahead. Wishing to clear the cross-town tracks he put on power and shut it off at once, seeing the crowded car just ahead of him. He applied the brakes, but a watering cart had just passed and the car slid so that it hit the one in its way, throwing many of the passengers from their feet. The windows of the colliding cars were smashed and the glass cut several of the passengers.

Policeman Purcell of the West Thirtieth-Street Station, on duty there, aided by other policemen in the neighborhood, succeeded in getting the wounded passengers out of the cars. Two ambulances arrived from the New York Hospital. The doctors found that it was necessary to take Lydia Miller of 9 West Twenty-first Street, and Albert Blackwell of 372 Pulaski Street, Brooklyn, to the hospital. Both, were suffering from shock and cuts from the broken glass. Later in the day they were sent to their homes.

Edwin Des Monireaux and his wife were bruised, but refused medical attention and went to their home, 9 West Twenty-first Street. Mrs. J. Duncan of 157 East Fifty-fifth Street, John Entwiste of 578 West One Hundred and Eighty-third Street, Mrs. Margaret Meade of Mount Vernon, and Henry Kegeler of 328 East Twenty-seventh Street, suffered slight cuts and bruises, and after treatment by the ambulance surgeons went to their homes.

The New York Times, New York, NY 10 Nov 1903