Minneapolis Fire Department

William Traeger - Minneapolis FD

William Traeger, Captain, Ladder 9 - September 3, 1912

Traeger died in a collision of Ladder 9 with a streetcar on Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets Southeast, while making a run to 7th Avenue Southeast and 9th Street. The rig's wheels caught in the streetcar tracks as it came up behind the streetcar; the driver managed to get the front wheels clear of the tracks but the truck slammed sideways into the streetcar. Traeger was thrown to the ground and run over by the truck's rear wheels.