This day in History: March 11, 1904

This day in History: March 11, 1904

“FAST LINE” BUMPS A MAN ON TRACKS – Cuts Off an Arm and Nearly Kills Eugene Ellingham.


Eugene Ellingham, who lives near the Red Lion tavern, was struck by a car of the Trenton and New Brunswick “Fast Line” a short distance from where the road leaves the line of the Middlesex and Somerset traction Company at Milltown last night. He was badly injured. The prompt medical assistance which he received doubtless saved his life.

The man was on the tracks when car No. 28, in charge of Motorman Kohlhepp and conductor Haley, came along at a high rate of speed. The motorman saw the man on the tracks but could not slow down quickly enough to save the fellow.

The car was stopped and the car crew picked the injured man up, put him board the car and hurried him to the office of Dr. Riva, at Milltown. Dr. Riva temporarily dressed the man’s injuries and sent him on to this city in the trolley car.

At the corner of George and Washington streets, the car was met by Dr. Schuyler Clark and the ambulance.

Dr. Clark found that the man was in a very serious condition. His right arm so badly crushed that had to be amputated at the elbow. there were several scalp wounds on the back of the head and body bruises and an injury to his spine. He ordered the man taken to the hospital as quickly as possible.

The man’s condition at the hospital to-day was more favorable and this afternoon a second operation was performed by Dr. Alsop, who amputated the arm higher up.

The injured man has been unable as yet to give any account of how the accident happened. He has been only semi-conscious.

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