Detroit, MI Trolley And Auto Crash, May 1923

SEVEN KILLED AS DETROIT TROLLEY AND AUTO CRASH.

Detroit, Mich., May 27 -- Five persons were killed here tonight when an interurban car on the Detroit-Pontiac line hit an automobile at Woodward avenue and the fifteen mile road, eight miles north of Detroit. None of the dead has been identified.
The impact of the collision threw the motor of the wrecked automobile into a line of machines passing along the road, wrecking another machine. The car following the second wrecked automobile then crashed into that car. A number of persons in these machines were injured, several were removed to hospitals.
According to those who witnessed the accident the driver of the wrecked automobile attempted to turn out to pass another machine. The traffic jam forced the driver to turn onto the Interurban tracks in front of a southbound car. The five persons who lost their lives were in the automobile.

The Bridgeport Telegram Connecticut 1923-05-28

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INVESTIGATION BEGUN IN CRASH.

SEVEN MEET DEATH WHEN TROLLEY HURLS AUTO INTO ANOTHER MACHINE.

Detroit, May 29. -- With the seven victims of the crash identified, Oakland county authorities Monday were investigating circumstances surrounding the collision in Woodward avenue road, about ten miles north of Detroit, Sunday evening, of an automobile and a southbound interurban car.
In addition to the seven who met death, all of whom were Detroiters, a dozen or more passengers of the interurban were cut by broken glass or were injured when they jumped from the car after it crashed into the automobile.
The dead are:
JOSEPH KAPINSKY, 18.
BEATRICE CHOLPEIK, 18.
MARY CHANEZULS, 17.
MARY FRASH, 20.
ANNA FRASH, 18, her sister.
ALOYSIUS BALCAR, JR., 21.
JOSEPH BALCAR, 18, his brother.
According to witnesses, an automobile containing the first five named swerved upon the interurban tracks to pass another automobile that had stalled. The interurban struck the machine, broke it in pieces and hurled the engine many feet into an automobile occupied by the BALCAR brothers. The BALCARS were so seriously injured, that they died soon after being taken to a hospital. The five occupants of the first motorcar were killed, and their bodies were burned when the gasoline tank of their machine caught fire.
The airbrakes of the interurban were broken by the impact, and the motorman was unable to stop the car for two blocks.

Gettysburg Times Pennsylvania 1923-05-29

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Detroit, MI Interurban Train Wreck, May 1923

SEVEN KILLED NEAR DETROIT

Interurban Strikes Auto and Hurls Wreckage on Crowded Highway, Adding to Death Toll.

DETROIT, Mich., May 27.--Seven persons were killed and several injured, two dangerously, when an interurban car bound from Pontiac to Detroit struck a blue touring car eight miles north of Detroit early this evening. The death included four young women and three young men.

The accident happened when an automobile, the driver of which is as yet identified, going north on Woodruff avenue, swung out of the line of traffic to pass another car. The machine swerved onto the interurban tracks and was struck squarely in the center.

Three Cars Damaged

The force of the collision threw the engine of the wrecked car into the line of traffic moving south, wrecking another automobile. Five of the dead were in the blue touring car and two were in the car wrecked by the engine of that automobile. A third car was slightly damaged and some of its occupants cut by flying glass when it ran into the second wrecked car.

Bodies of the persons in the automobile struck by the interurban were practically stripped of all clothing and so badly mangled as to make identification extremely difficult. One of the dead is believed to be JOSEPH BOLCAR of Hamtramck, a suburb.

The impact tore the airbrake connections on the interurban car and the blue car was carried two blocks before the motorman could stop.

The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Chillicothe, MO 28 May 1923

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SEVEN DIE IN CRASH, DETROIT

(By United Press)

Detroit. -- Seven persons were killed and twenty hurt, none seriously, when an interurban crashed into an automobile in the suburbs here last night.

The accident occurred when the driver of a bus containing five persons grew impatient and turned to the left from behind a stalled automobile onto the interurban tracks.

The engine of the bus was thrown loose and landed in another car, killing two occupants. The injured were motorists struck by flying wreckage, and panic stricken passengers on the interurban who jumped through windows.

The dead, all of Detroit, are:
JOSEPH BALCAR, 17; ALOYSIUS BALCAR, 20; ANNA FRASCH, 20; MARY FRASCH, 17; MARY BLASZCZYK, 17; BEATRICE CHLOPCIK, 18; and JOSEPH ROBENSKI, 22.

Sheboygan Press Telegram, Sheboygan, WI 28 May 1923