Columbia, PA Trolley Car Derails, Aug 1896

THREE KILLED ON A TROLLEY CAR.

BRAKE REFUSES TO WORK AS A RESULT OF DEFECTIVE GEARING.

Columbia, Pa., Aug. 9. -- Three persons were instantly killed and fifteen injured, some probably fatally, by the derailment of a trolley car on the Columbia & Donegal Electric Road tonight, just outside the borough limits of Columbia.
The dead are:
ADAM FOERLINGER, motorman.
HENRY SMITH.
An Unknown Person.
At least one and probably two of the injured may die before morning. The place where the accident occurred is at the base of a steep incline, alongside of which runs a high embankment. The car was loaded with passengers, and as it reached the edge of the incline there was no indication of impending danger. One on the incline, however, the car began to slip, owing to wet tracks. The motorman applied the air brakes and at that moment the gear wheel broke, rendering the brakes useless. The car dashed along at a terrific rate, while within the terror stricken passengers sat and stood petrified with fear. The car, upon reacing the bottom, took a sharp turn, and was thrown up against the embankment. Word was quickly sent to Columbia, and a relief car was sent to the scene.

Omaha Daily Bee Nebraska 1896-08-10

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He was my grandmother,

He was my grandmother, Gertrude’s brother. There were 11 children in the family.

Adam Foehlinger was my

Adam Foehlinger was my grandmother's brother.