Fort Worth, TX Freight Train - Street Car Wreck, Feb 1905

Fifteen Are Hurt In Collision

Fort Worth, Tex., Feb. 1-Twenty persons were injured, two seriously, in a collision between a freight train on the St. Louis & San Francisco road and a street car at the stock yards crossing in the northern limits of this city today. About 45 persons were in the car coming to work. The air was thick with fog and the stock cars in front of a ‘Frisco engine, according to the motorman, so obscured the headlight that he did not see the train approaching. A freight car struck the rear of the car, throwing it fifty feet.

Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, MN 2 Feb 1905


Twenty Persons Injured In Grade Crossing Collision

Frisco Freight Train Crashes Into Northern Texas Traction Company Street Car Coming to City on Stock Yards Line Near City Limits Early This Morning

Railroad Officials Say Brakeman Swung Lantern

Passengers and Motorman Declare They Had No Warning of Train’s Approach Until Crash of Timbers-Only Two Seriously Injured-Margin of Few Feet Probably Saved All From Death

At least twenty persons were injured, two seriously, when a St. Louis and San Francisco freight train on the way to the stock yards crashed into a southbound street car on the stock yards division of the Northern Texas Traction Company’s lines, on a grade crossing near the northern city limits of Fort Worth at 6:15 o’clock this morning. At 2 o’clock this afternoon the condition of Miss Martha Andrews and A.R. Knowles, who were most seriously injured, was reported satisfactory, but it is still grave.

The Injured:
Miss Martha Andrews, Twenty-second Street; North Fort Worth; serious; deep gash on side of face, bruised about the head.
A.R. Knowles (bruised and cut about the head; serious. 1212 Lee Avenue, North Fort Worth.
Louis Kurucar, 460 Pacific Street, Fort Worth; hands and face cut.
J.S. Bitzer, 1000 West Seventh Street, Fort Worth; hands and face cut.
Miss Annie Kinnie, 307 East Twenty-third Street, North Fort Worth; face badly cut.
Miss Rosie Kinnie, same address, contusion under right eye, severely bruised and cut on nose, shoulder bruised.
S.Yancy, Lee Avenue, Marine; scalp wound, left hand cut, wound above right ear.
G. Fogelin, 1421 Grove Street, North Fort Worth; contusion on forehead, right hand injured.
Mrs. A.L. Rutherford, 1315 Lee Avenue, North Fort Worth; contusion on left arm near shoulder, contusion on right hip, abrasion on nose, contusion on left heel.
Everett Martin, motorman, 1100 East Front Street, Fort Worth, bruised about the head.
Henry Williams, colored, slightly bruised.
Carl Gillhan, Twelfth and Main Streets, North Fort Worth, hand badly cut.
Miss Gerth, Jones Street, North Fort Worth; scalp wound.
Ralph Horton, Twenty-Second Street, North Fort Worth; back bruised, cut about face.
Steve Minton, Main Street, North Fort Worth; extent of injuries not known, but reported as slight.

At least forty person were on the stock yards car coming to Fort Worth. The majority of them were employed in the city and were regular morning passengers. The majority lived in Marine or Rosen Heights.

In the early morning darkness which was increased by rain and mist, they had no thought of danger, until with a grinding dash a stock car, one in three in front of the Frisco’s freight engine, struck the rear part of their car, threw the car off the track and turning it on its side.

Every Seat Torn Loose

As the car left the rails the lights inside were extinguished and in the darkness the passengers were thrown in heaps on the side of the car farthest from the train.

Every seat inside the car was torn looser by the force of the collision and every pane of glass in the windows was shattered.

The stock car of the freight train which struck the street cat was overturned and the cattle within pinioned beneath the wreckage.