New York City, NY Elevator Accident, Aug 1887

AN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT.

ONE GIRL KILLED AND SEVERAL OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED.

New York, Aug, 19. -- An elevator in the collar and cuff manufactory of Seldenber, No. 47 Mercer Street, crowded with employes fell this morning, killing a girl named JANE LYNCH and injuring a number of others. The elevator contained about eighteen female hands employed in the factory and the elevator boy, named O'NEILL. The accident occurred about 8 o'clock. Everything went well until the elevator reached the third floor when it began to descend. All efforts of O'NEILL to stop it were unavailing. The safety catches failed to work. The speed of the car rapidly increased and it was soon rushing down with its now thoroughly panic-stricken load to destruction. The car fell with a crash to the basement floor and everyone of the occupants were more or less injured. JANE LYNCH was instantly killed. Her body was horribly mangled. The names of those who received the most serious injuries are:
JOHN O'NEIL, elevator boy, spine broken.
LIZZIE DOUGHTER, of Brooklyn, right leg broken.
MRS. JESSIE BRYERS, of Green Point, ankle broken.
MARY RING, severely hurt about the body.
MAGGIE MORIARITY, MARY O'SHAUGHNESSY, GUSSIE and FANNIE VAN TASSEL, NOTTIE PECK, VIRGEY DALY, AMELIA LICHTENSTEIN and NELLIE McCABE, all of New York, slightly injured and suffering more or less from shock.
The elevator is one of Otis Brothers make and was inspected a week ago and pronounced all right. The accident was due to the breaking of the pinion wheel which controls the drum upon which the cable winds.

Daily Evening Bulletin Maysville Kentucky 1887-08-19