The Mount Washington Transit Tunnel Disaster


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On Christmas Eve 1917, an overcrowded, out-of-control streetcar exited Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington tunnel, crashing into pedestrians. Twenty-three were killed and more than eighty injured in the worst transit incident in city history. The crash scene on Carson Street was chaotic, as physicians turned the railway offices into a makeshift hospital and bystanders frantically sought to remove the injured and strewn bodies from the wreckage. Most of the victims, many women and children, were from the close-knit neighborhoods of Knoxville, Beltzhoover and Mount Oliver. In the aftermath, public outrage over the tragedy led to criminal prosecution, civil suits and the bankruptcy of the Pittsburgh Railways Company, which operated the service. This book explores the tragic history of this infamous transit tunnel disaster. 

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Book Author

Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt


Arcadia Publishing




192 pages