Cumberland, MD Automobile Accident, May 1913

TWO KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT

PARTY EXPECTED AS GUESTS IN GETTYSBURG HOME MEET WITH TERRIBLE ACCIDENT IN WHICH TWO ARE KILLED.
WELL KNOWN HERE.

MRS. ROSELLA BERGER and MISS BERTIE BERGER, of Cumberland, Md., two of a party expected on Thursday as guests at the home of MR. and MRS. E. P. MILLER, on York street, were killed Wednesday, just west of the Cumberland city limits whan an automobile in which they were riding skidded and crashed into a telephone pole. MR. BERGER, who was drving the car, and another daughter, MISS ERMA BERGER, were thrown out and injured.
The family expected to attend the exercises of commencement week at Irving College where MISS BERTIE BERGER graduated several years ago, and on their way there anticipated stopping with MISS REBA MILLER at her home on York street. MRS. BERGER and her two daughters have many friends in Gettysburg where they have visited frequently and the news of the tragedy will be a shock to many people here.
It is believed that MR. BERGER took his family out for a little spin on Wednesday evening to see the condition of some of the roads they would cover on their trip to Gettysburg. They were returning to Cumberland about 7:45 o'clock.
JAMES O'HARA was ahead in his automobile. MR. BERGER tried to pass O'HARA, who spurted, but was compelled to slow down on a sharp curve near the Standard Oil plant. A delivery wagon was approaching O'HARA, who avoided it, but it came in between the cars.
In avoiding the wagon, MR. BERGER ran his machine toward the fence on the lefthand side of the sloping road. It struck a telephone pole and plunged into a fence. The occupants were thrown out.
MRS. BERGER was killed instantly, and her daughter died shortly after being removed to the Allegheny Hospital. MRS. BERGER'S face was mashed and her skull crushed. Her features are not recognizable.
MISS BERGER'S head was crushed in. She was pulled out from under the fence.
The other daughter, ERMA, was not seriously hurt. The father escaped with a few scratches.
Witnesses say BERGER was going at least 50 miles an hour. At the point of the accident the road slopes toward the fence and is filled with piles of stones. The chassis was torn off the machine, the dors broken out and the body wrecked.
MR. BERGER is a retired lumber operator and is the proprietor of the Queen City Garage. MISS BERGER was proprietress of the Cumberland Art Store.

Adams County News Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1913-05-31