New York City, NY Trolley Collision On Brooklyn Bridge, Aug 1905
ONE KILLED, FOUR HURT, ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
TROLLEY CAR STOPS AND ANOTHER CRASHES INTO IT.
MOTORMAN'S NARROW ESCAPE.
IMPACT THROWS HIS CAR BACK AND IT AGAIN CRASHES INTO THE WRECK -- PASSENGER'S SKULL CRUSHED.
One man was killed and four others hurt in a collision between trolley cars of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company yesterday morning on the Brooklyn Bridge. The accident was the most serious the Brooklyn Rapid Transit has had for some time. It happend on the south roadway of the bridge about 250 feet east of the Brooklyn tower.
A Fulton Street car was some distance ahead of an open car of the Gates Avenue line, which was in charge of Motorman CHARLES GUSTAFSON. For some reason the Fulton Street car came to a full stop. In spite of the efforts of GUSTAFSON his car sped on and crashed into the rear platform of the car ahead. The platform was demolished.
Several men were standing on the rear platform of the first car and were pinned in the wreck. FREDERICK TRIPP, fifty-five years old of 691 Wendover Avenue, the Bronx, was picked up dead. In his pockets were a number of cards inscribed with his name as representative of the Jewish News Publishing Company. He also carried a check for $25, payable to the Hebrew Educational Society of Harlem. The body was taken to the Morgue, where late last night it was identified by his son-in-law, ISIDOR TECKLER of 4,815 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn. TRIPP was thrown against the rear end of the Fulton Street car, and his head was crushed.
The injured were JOHN BERNER, twenty-two years old, of 333 Varick Street, Brooklyn; right arm broken.
MARC BIRGE, twenty years old, a salesman of 59 West Ninth Street, Manhattan; shock and contusion.
THOMAS D. MILLWOOD, thirty years old, Pearl and Fulton Streets, Brooklyn; contusions on chest.
WILL P. WILEY, thirty-two years old, newspaper writer, 119 Rutledge Street, Brooklyn; contusions.
CHARLES WARNER, thirty-four years old, newspaper writer, 704 Madison Street, Brooklyn; contusions.
When the Gates Avenue car struck the other one the passengers in both cars were thrown down. After the impact the Gates Avenue car bounded back about forty feet and again crashed into the platform of the Fulton Street car. No one was able to tell how GUSTAFSON, the motorman of the rear car, escaped injury.
The police were unable to ascertain the cause of the accident. The motorman and the conductor of the Gates Avenue car were held as witnesses.
The New York Times New York 1905-08-23