Yosemite, CA Stage Coach Runaway, June 1911

1 KILLED AND 3 HURT.

STAGE COACH RUNAWAY IN YOSEMITE VALLEY PROVES DISASTROUS.

ACCIDENT TO TOURIST PARTY.

HORSES BECOME UNMANAGEABLE AND GALLOP DOWN A WINDING ROADWAY -- VEHICLE OVERTURNS WHEN ANIMALS ARE DRIVEN INTO A CLIFF.

Yosemite, Cal. -- In a stage coach runaway in the Yosemite valley one man was instantly killed, three women were seriously injured and seven persons sustained minor injuries.
The dead: R. S. LEISENRING, Allentown, Pa.
Seriously injured: MISS MARTHA WEBBER, Boston; MISS DIESENDERFER, Boston; MRS. A. JACKEL, New York.
The injuries sustained by the others were inconsiderable. All were tourists.
The party, numbering forty persons and occupying four big mountain stage coaches, left Camp Ahwemee early in the morning for the trip to Awana, which was made safely.
At a steep grade the horses on the front stage became frightened and unmanageable. The brakes failed to hold and the team galloped down the winding road with the stage swinging from side to side between a high bank and a sharp precipice, while the passengers screamed in fright.
Convinced that he could not stop the animals, the driver finally turned them straight into the wall of the cliff. The stage turned completely over and several of the passengers were caught beneath it.
LEISENRING was thrown clear, but struck on his skull and was instantly killed.

Valentine Democrat Nebraska 1911-06-08