1889 - THE FIRST CABLE ROAD ACCIDENT AT SEATTLE. A WOMAN THROWN OFF AND KILLED.
Seattle, W. A. May 12. - This afternoon at 5:30 o'clock a terrible accident occurred on the Front Street cable road on the corner of Pine and Second Streets. As dummy No. 2 came down the Second Street hill the brake refused to work.
The car obtained great momentum and in making the turn into Pine Street the passengers on the left side were thrown off.
Among them were MR. and MRS. WM. WAGNER of Chadwin, Neb. with two children. MRS. SOPHONIA WAGNER had her 2-year-old child PENNY in her lap, and when thrown off struck on her head and neck. She was picked up and carried to the Griffith house, but expired before reaching the house. Her oldest child ALMO, aged 5, received severe scalp wounds. The other child and the husband escaped uninjured.
Others injured are:
ED S. GILL, agent of the Grismer Davies Company, left ankle sprained.
DR. A. E. GRAY, face and head cut.
The WAGNERS had just arrived in the city this morning to locate. The husband is prostrated by the accident.
The inquest will be held tomorrow. Dummy No. 2 was in charge of James McKay, assistant superintendent of the road. The brake was out of order and he could not stop the car.
May 13, 1889
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