Paterson, NJ Runaway Accident, May 1896



Paterson, N. J., May 5. -- One child was killed, another probably fatally hurt, and a dozen adults more or less bruised by a frightened team on Main Street, near Market, this morning.
The accident took place during a circus parade while the sidewalks were packed with people. A team attached to a loaded coal wagon became frightened, and, getting beyond the control of the driver, WILLIAM H. SCHAFFNER, plunged through the thickest of the crowd for fifty feet, when it brought up against a fire hydrant.
EDWARD SCHULTZ, aged ten years, of 26 Cross Street, was trampled to the ground and the wheels of the wagon passed over his breast. He died at St. Joseph's Hospital a few hours later.
OLGA OLESON'S legs and arms were terribly crushed. Her father was badly hurt about the head and shoulders while trying to rescue her. They are at the OLESON home, 77 Clinton Street. It is believed the girl will die.
Driver SCHAFFNER was arrested, but released on evidence that he was in no way responsible for the accident.

The New York Times New York 1896-05-06

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