New Jersey Herald - March 23, 1911 issue
Struck By Mail Train
Miss Laura E. Montross, an employee
at the H. W. Merriam Shoe Company factory, had a narrow escape from
being run down and probably killed by the 10:20 A.M. train last Saturday.
Miss Montross is quite deaf. She left the factory Saturday morning
earlier than usual to go to the home of Charles Belcher, on Mount
View avenue where she lived. She left the rear of the factory and
walked along the foot of the embankment some distance and then started
to cross the tracks to go to Diller avenue. As she was approaching
the tracks the 10:20 mail train came around the bend below the factory.
Engineer Hoffman saw Miss Montross approaching the tracks and blew
the whistle. Seeing that the woman paid no attention to the alarm,
he reversed his engine and applied the air brakes. Unconscious of
any danger the woman crossed one track and was about to step on the
main track in front of the locomotive as it reached her, when some
projection on the engine struck her a glancing blow on the side of
the head, and she was hurled around and fell on the adjoining track.
Several passengers alighted from the train, and Miss Montross was
removed to the station in an unconscious condition. Henry F. Durling
drove his auto to the office of Dr. Vorhees and conveyed him to the
station. He was followed a few minutes later by Dr. Morrison. It was
found that Miss Montross had had a fortunate escape, as the injuries
consisted mainly of a scalp would and a cut on the side of the head.
She revived a short time later and was taken to her home on Mount
View avenue. A witness of the accident said one step more and the
woman would have been on the track in front of the train. A few years
ago a woman was run down by a train at the same point and killed while
on her way home from the factory. at this time the railroad company
issued an order forbidding all persons to use the railroad for a runway.