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Strange But True: The First Car Accident In U.S. Was In NYC… And It Involved A Bicycle

The first car accident in the United States happened in New York City on May 30, 1896. Henry Wells from Springfield, Massachusetts was driving his Duryea Motor Wagon when he collided with a bicycle rider. Her name was Evylyn Thomas and she was brought to Manhattan Hospital with a broken leg.

Source: The Epic of New York City by Edward Robb Ellis 1966 Old Town Books, pp-460-461 


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