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New York, NY Falling Telegraph Pole Kills 3, Apr 1911


Terrible Accident in New York Which Deals Elecric[sic] Shock to Workmen

NEW YORK, April 29.--One man was burned to a crisp, two were hurled ten feet, and killed, and a fourth was mortally injured, and four others badly hurt this afternoon on the New York Central railroad near Spuyten Duyvil, in the upper part of the city, when a falling telegraph pole threw a steel guy wire they grasped across the third rail. A current of 12,000 volts shot out a blinding flash at the contact and splashed and sizzed[sic] as the man lay stunned.

John Turmbull, foreman of the crew, was standing on a rail and received the full force of the shock. His clothing was burned from his body, and his flesh roasted and charred beyond recognition. John Casey and Daniel Sullivan were thrown beside the tracks, when they died as flames consumed their clothing.

Three fingers were burned from the right hand of James Caffrey, whose body was so badly scared he probably will die. The four other men were stunned.

Nevada State Journal, Reno, NV 30 Apr 1911

article | by Dr. Radut