FIRE TRUCK DRIVER KILLED.
Our Newark correspondent writes that on Easter Sunday, Edward Hizer, driver of fire truck No. 1 of the Trenton, N. J., fire department, was instantly killed while answering an alarm of fire. He was thrown from the truck, and one of the front wheels passed over him. His neck was broken, and he was badly crushed about the chest. Hizer was warned about the holes along the streets, and he seemed to be aware of them. As he passed along Tyrrell avenue, however, just as the truck reached a hole about 3 ft. square in the brick pavement between the trolley tracks, he steered the three horses to the left, so as to be able to pass a wagon ahead of him. The left front wheel went into the hole, which is several inches deep, and Hizer was thrown from the high seat onto the swingletree. He kept a hold on the reins and, also, tried to hold fast to the swingletree to prevent himself from falling into the street. Captain Knoblauch, of the truck company, grabbed Hizer’s coat as he fell and tried to hold him on the swingletree. The shafts of the truck, however, are wide, because of the three-horse hitch, and Captain Knoblauch was unable to prevent the driver from falling. The captain also grabbed hold of the reins when the driver fell and tried to stop the horses before Hizer went under the truck. When the truck struck the hole, the animals would not stop by a jerk on the reins, but continued to run. After Hizer fell, it is believed that the horses stunned him. and. when he lost his hold on the swingletree. he went under the big truck. The horses could not he stopped until the right front wheel had passed over him. Captain Knoblauch and the other firemen pulled him from beneath the truck, and carried his dead body into a store. They then went on to the fire, which, as is nearly always the case when such an accident happens, was a very small one.