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News   September 13, 2007   by Auto Service World

Anniversary of First US Traffic Fatality


According to the US Census Bureau,Thursday, September 13th marks a dubious anniversary for the automobile industry. As the Bureau’s report states, when Henry Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street in New York, he didn’t look, and was hit by an electric taxi driven by Arthur Smith. The year was 1899 and the accident was the first fatality in the U.S. involving an automobile. At the time, there were fewer than 8,000 cars in the whole country.


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