Drexel Hill, PA Trolley Car Accident, Dec 1915



Unable to perceive the approach of a Media bound
"Short Line" electric car last night, owing to the dense fog prevailed, MISS MARY E. SMYTHE, 43 years old, of Drexel Hill, while crossing the tracks at Rosemont Avenue on her way home, was pinned underneath the wheels of the car and sustained injuries which in all probability will result in her death.
She was taken to the University of Pennsylvania hospital, Philadelphia, where it was found necessary to amputate her left leg. Reports from the institution this morning are that her condition is grave and little hopes are held out her her recovery.
The accident occurred shortly before seven o'clock last night.
CHARLES CAMPBELL, motorman, and HARRY MOORE, conductor of the trolley car were immediately placed under arrest by Officers Cain and Mooney and arraigned before Magistrate Mallin, of Drexel Hill, who held each under $500 bail to await the result of the wowman's injuries.
The dense blanket of fog, which spread over that section, is attributed as the cause of the accident. MISS SMYTHE was on her way home and despite the powerful headlights of the car, she walked blindly into its path and was struck before she could leap to a place of safety.
The car was immediately brought to a standstill and the woman who was in a semi-conscious condition, was tenderly picked up by the crew and taken to the office of Dr. Hillman, a short distance from the scene of the accident. Temporary treatment was administered after which the woman was placed in an automobile, owned by Nelson Kershaw, of Drexel Hill, and hurriedly conveyed to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
MISS SMYTHE is the sister of Joseph Smythe, of Drexel Hill, who conducts a large paint store in Philadelphia. She is well-known in that section of the county.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1915-12-18