1900c. “A Miraculous Escape”

A Miraculous EscapeA Miraculous Escape

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.


3 thoughts on “1900c. “A Miraculous Escape”

  1. Al says:

    “they were happily disappointed in finding him practically uninjured.”
    Even the news paper is coming across with a negative slant!! I thought this was a time of gay exuberance???

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    • dearmariana says:

      “happily”! that’s better than the news nowadays !! If it were today, they’s say “Near Fatal Horse Car Crash Warns of Rising Death Rates… be ware! Fear fear fear!”

      Or something like that… 🙂


      • Al says:

        You’re too funny!! Horse trolleys weren’t moving very fast but it’s true horses do get spooked. The real problem came along with the auto!!

        “Many people assume that cars of that era were slow, but the truth is that many models were quite capable of today’s highway speeds. In fact, the first car to ever reach 200 mph was in 1927. Sure it was using plane engines, but it does show that America was deeply craving high speeds. Almost every car in the 1930’s could easily attain today’s 55 mph speed limit, and many of the vehicles from the 1920’s could too. Although these cars could clearly get up and go, their skinny tires, leaf spring suspension, mechanical drum brakes, and the dirt roads, made their stopping abilities less than stellar. Just imagine stopping your own “modern” car with nothing but the parking brake. That is similar to what many of the 1920’s cars had. Compound that with solid steering columns, steel dashboards, lack of seat belts and safety glass, and you were in rough shape in an accident. So the next time you hop in your car, open your window, and give a quick shout-out to modern technology.”

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