New York City, NY Accident On Street Car, Feb 1900

MOTORMAN BLINDED BY FLASH.

His Face Badly Burned While Searching for Defect in Machinery.

When Motor Car No. 66 of the Third Avenue Railway,northbound, stopped without apparent cause at One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Street and Amsterdam Avenue at 8 o'clock last night, Motorman WILLIAM R. NICHOLAS of 203 East One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Street left his post, and, getting down on his knees in the street, began to examine the machinery under the body of the car. He was handling the "plow," the bar which fits in the trolly slot, when there was a sudden flash and sputter of electric sparks. NICHOLAS fell badkward with a scream, and clasped his hands to his face.
"Help," he gasped, "I am blind!"
Conductor McGRATH and a policeman helped the man to his feet, and after he had recovered from the shock led him to the J. Hood Wright Memorial Hospital. He was found to have been terribly burned about the face and hands, and he was unable to see. Whether or not the blindness will be permanent the physicians were unable to tell last night. The car was repaired by men from the company's barns after having blocked the line for several minutes.

The New York Times New York 1900-02-16

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