Joint Documents of the State of Michigan, Vol II - 1889
(Page XXXII - Michigan data summary.)
The total number of accidents reported during the year 1889 was 572. For the previous year 532, an increase of 40. This was one accident for each 124,787 miles run as against one for each 119,041 miles runs as by the preceding report. So that the number of accidents through numerically greater were proportionately less.
The total number of fatal accidents occurring was 179 an increase of 18 over 1888. The accidents not resulting in death, but involving difference degrees of personal injury of a serious character were reported at 394, an increase of 29 from the previous year. The following classified statement shows the number and character of person killed and injured on Michigan railroad during the year under report.
General Casualty Statement, 1889:
Passengers ...... 8 killed, 26 injured
Empoyees ....... 60 killed, 282 injured
Others ............. 110 killed, 86 injured
Total ................ 178 killed, 394 injured
Of the above 117 are reported as having been clearly accidental the remaining 455 resulting from lack of caution and the persistent habit of trespassing upon track and trains. 97 trespassers or tramps were killed and injured. 28 intoxicated people and 3 suicides figure in the casualty reports for the year.
(Page 52 - Local data.)
REPORT OF ACCIDENTS FOR MICHIGAN DURING THE YEAR 1889.
(Listed only those found for Arenac, Bay, Midland or Saginaw counties.)
January 16, Burger Godfrey, West Bay City. Jacking up car; carelessness.
February 2, Charles Dease, Bay City. Run over; trespasser.
March 29, L. Wesendorf, West Bay City. Jumped from way Car; carelessness.
July 2, J. S. Rarepeski, West Bay City. Went to sleep on clinker pit; carelessness.
October 1, Mrs. Hill, Zilwaukee. Struck by train; trespasser.
November 6, John Johnson, Bay City. Run over; lack of caution.
January 31, E. A. Benner, Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.
February 16, D. C. Hoabler, switchman, Bay City. Coupling; accidental.
February 25, Frank Rivers, Bay City. Getting off engine; carelessness.
March 4, George Carl, Chesaning. Walking on track; trespasser.
March 30, Cyrus McGregor, Bay City. Riding across crossing on hose cart.
March 30, L. W. Tobias, Bay City. Riding across crossing on hose cart.
May 10, Alexander French, trespasser, Bay City. Asleep under car.
May 19, Edward Waterson, Pinconning. Run over; intoxicated.
May 23, Mrs. John Nicholes and Daughter, Bay City. Walking around train; carelessness.
June 11, Unknown man, Saginaw. Struck by engine; trespasser.
June 17, James Moklan, Zilwaukee. Fell from train, accidental.
June 19, Samuel McEwen, Bay City. Attempting to cross track in face of approaching train.
July 12, A. K. Bridge, Saginaw. Coupling cars; carelessness.
July 24, A. H. Flynn, Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.
July 25, J. Prindeville, Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.
August 20, James Harwood, W. Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.
September 27, M. G. Beckley, Linwood. Jumping train; carelessness.
October 1, Matt McCallum, brakeman, Bay City. Coupling; carelessness.
November 4, Jacob Gould, Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.
November 11, Wm. Aplin, Bay City. Jumping off cars; carelessness.
November 15, Joseph Savage, Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.
December 14, John Prindeville, Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.
December 23, George Emmons, Bay City. Coupling cars; carelessness.