Electric Car Accident on Washington Street in Which Wagons and Horses Are Piled in a Heap, While the Drivers Escape Injury
Just when Washington street was crowded to its utmost, shortly before one o’clock this afternoon, an electric car of the Fields Corner Line, bound south, ran up behind one of the wagons of the American Express Company, at the corner of Temple place, and before the motorman could stop it, struck the rear of the wagon, pushing horse and all into a buggy which was next in the procession of wagons and cars. Both horses were thrown down, and while that attached to the express wagon was sprawling across the car tracks the momentum of the car in the rear jammed the wagon sideways against the buggy. When the car was finally stopped there seemed to be a heap of wagons and horses on the Temple-place crossing, with a man, the driver of the buggy, somewhere in the midst of the pile. It all happened so quickly that even a witness could hardly describe it; but a moment later the car was backed, and everybody lent a helping hand in getting the horses on their feet, and rolling the express wagon out of the way. Then the driver of the buggy, J. W. McDonald, was helped out of the wreck. Everybody expected to find him either dead or badly hurt, but they were happily disappointed in finding him practically uninjured. After the street had been cleared so that the cars could pass, a rapid inventory by the patrolmen and the drivers showed that the only serious injuries in the accident had been received by the buggy. That was owned by Waldo Brothers, dealers in building materials at 88 Water street, and is not worth repairing. Both horses were slightly bruised. The express wagon, which was driven by F. M. Crosby, was non the worse for the accident.