Long Island City, NY Train And Coach Collision, Feb 1907

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KILLED ON WAY TO FUNERAL.

TRAIN HITS MOURNERS' COACH IN LONG ISLAND CITY, HURLING THREE TO DEATH.

Special To The Washington Post.
New York, Feb. 12. -- Three killed and one mortally injured is the result of a Long Island Railroad train running into a funeral coach this afternoon at the Penny bridge, Long Island City.
The dead are:
ELLIOTT TERWILLIGER, forty years old, 247 Seventh Street, Jersey City.
MRS. NELLIE TERWILLIGER, thirty-four, wife of ELLIOTT, same address.
SARAH HALLIDAY, thirty years, same address, and relative of the TERWILLIGERS.
The TERWILLIGERS occupied on of eight coaches which were bound to Calvary Cemetery with the body of Thomas Taylor, a cousin, who died at Borough Park.
It was declared by eyewitnesses that the gateman did not lower the danger guards quick enough to prevent the TERWILLIGER coach from crossing the railroad track.
Train No. 79, bound from Jamaica for Brooklyn, was coming along at a rate of twenty-five miles an hour when it struck the coach.
The horses drawing the vehicle were thrown into the air and killed. The coach was smashed to splinters and the TERWILLIGERS were instantly killed.
The driver, WILLIAM HEALY, tried to jump when he saw the danger, but was caught up by the locomotive and received fatal injuries. MISS HALLIDAY died soon after she was carried to the hospital.

Washington Post District of Columbia 1907-02-13