Skidding Accident in Trenton
At Trenton, N. J., on January 5, a pumping engine attached to a tractor skidded on a steep grade and two men were killed and four people were injured. The accident is ascribed to the steep grade and the condition of the asphaltum street and occurred while the apparatus was responding to an alarm of fire in a confectionery store. The apparatus ran upon the sidewalk and the authorities decided it was entirely accidental and not to hold an inquest. The engine was Engine 2 and was driven by Horace J. Dean, an experienced and considered a careful driver. While bound north on Broad street Dean changed the course of his machine to get out of the way of Truck 1, which was southbound and to make for a hydrant. The machine skidded. Dean did his best to check it but it went over the curb and crashed into the crowd of people.