New York City, NY Trolley Cars Collide, July 1893

ONE KILLED, EIGHT INJURED.

FATAL REAR-END TROLLEY CAR ACCIDENT IN BAY RIDGE.

A THIRD AVENUE CAR STOPPED SUDDENLY AND A HAMILTON AVENUE CAR, OF WHICH THE MOTORMAN LOST CONTROL, DASHED INTO IT -- BOTH CARS WERE HEAVILY LOADED, AND MANY PERSONS WERE HURLED TO THE STREET -- ONE OF THE MOTORMEN FATALLY INJURED.

One man was killed and eight other persons were severely injured last evening in a collision of two trolley cars on Third Avenue, near Sixty-fifth Street, Bay Ridge.
About 9:30 o'clock trolley car No. 1,029 of the Third Avenue line was descending the steep grade between Sixtieth and Sixty-fifth Streets. It was closely followed by trolley car No. 419 of the Hamilton Avenue line. TIMOTHY WALSH of 213 Twenty-seventh Street was in charge of the motor of the Third Avenue car and PATRICK McHUGH of 166 Twenty-second Street was in charge of the Hamilton Avenue car.
At the corner of Sixty-fifth Street the Third Avenue car stopped suddenly, and WALSH was unable to start it again. At the same time McHUGH lost control of his motor and was unable to stop his car. In a moment the Hamilton Avenue car crashed with fearful force into the rear of the Third Avenue car. Both platforms were wrecked. The Third Avenue car was thrown off the track and nearly overturned.
Instantly there were cries of pain from the passengers, several of whom were thrown out of the cars. McHUGH was thrown over the dashboard to the street his thigh was fractured, his collarbone broken and he also received a severe electric shock.
The police immediately telephoned to the Norwegian and Seney Hospitals for ambulances, which quickly arrived and carried several of the injured to the Norwegian Hospital. Immediately upon his arrival at the hospital McHUGH died.
Following are the names of the injured:
HERMAN TOUK, 77 Fourteenth Street; left leg fractured.
GEORGE STAATS, 59 Court Street; contusion of legs.
R. W. BILLINGHAM, 137 Fourth Avenue; cut and bruised about the head.
ALEXANDER MILLS, 441 Third Avenue; slightly injured.
MRS. MILLS, 441 Third Avenue; nose fractured and contusions of forehead.
TIMOTHY WALSH, motorman of Hamilton Avenue car, 213 West Twenty-seventh Street; legs and feet injured.
RICHARD PHELAN, conductor of Hamilton Avenue car, 177 Fourteenth Street; slight injuries.
JOHN GILCHRIST, the conductor of the Third Avenue car, was not injured, and went home.
Several others received slight bruises, but their names could not be ascertained.

The New York Times New York 1893-07-05