Colma, CA Street Cars Collide, Dec 1925
OPEN INVESTIGATION INTO BAD TROLLEY CAR CRASH.
CONSTABLE S. A. LANDINI WILL PRESENT EVIDENCE AT INQUEST ON MONDAY.
A thorough investigation into the fatal street car accident in the Colma "bottleneck" yesterday noon, when one man was killed and sixteen injured, two very seriously, was started today by Constable S. A. Landini of Colma. The accident occurred when a Market Street Railway car telescoped another car in a rear-end collision.
The accident occurred at a grade crossing 1000 yards from the waiting station at the Colma cemetery. Both cars were loaded with men, women and children en route to the cemeteries with flowers for the graves of their loved ones. The front car halted to permit a motorist, who had stalled his engine, to crank it up. The car behind crashed into the first, telescoping its own front and the rear of the car ahead.
Constable Landini happened to be standing on the corner opposite the waiting station in Colma when he heard the crash. Jumping into his machine he dashed to the scene of the accident, saw the body of the motorman, J. A. RODICK, and young FRANK SAUNDERS pinned between the two cars and realized that speedy action was necessary.
Landini jumped in his machine again, speeded back to Colma and sounded the fire siren. Approximately 40 members of the Colma volunteer fire department responded and under the direction of Landini and with the assistance of motorists who happened to be passing when the carsh occurred, lifted one car sufficiently to rescue SAUNDERS and pull the body of RODICK from the wreckage.
Under Landini's direction the injured were all rushed to San Francisco, where they were treated at St. Luke's hospital and at the Mission emergency hospital. The remains of RODICK were taken to the undertaking parlors of Mrs. W. C. Laswell-Leonetti, deputy cononer.
Constable Landini said today that every phase of the accident will be investigated and that all the findings will be presented to the coroner's jury which will hear evidence at the inquest next Monday morning at 10 o'clock.
DEATH AND INJURY LIST IN CRASH AT COLMA YESTERDAY.
J. A. RODICK, 3300 Twenty-fifth street, motorman of the rear car.
FRANK SAUNDERS, 14, 330 Herman street, schoolboy; left leg severed below knee; may die.
JOHN MILTON, 40, Indiana; address locally unknown; fractured skull; may die.
ANDREW ENGLEHART, 101 Post street. Severe cuts, bruises and lacerations.
HERMAN SAHLENDER, 60, 4282 Twenty-fifth street. Severe cuts and bruises.
MRS. DORA RADER, 30, of Santa Barbara. Right foot crushed. Daughter of HERMAN SAHLENDER.
RAOUL GUADEL, 4186 1/2 Army street. Cuts and bruises.
MRS. MARIE GUADEL, 4186 1/2 Army street. Spinal injuries.
AUGUSTINE GUADEL, 14, 4186 1/2 Army street. Cuts and bruises.
GEORGE GUADEL, 4186 1/2 Army street. Sprains, cuts and bruises.
MRS. MARY BYRNE, 2727 Filbert street. Nose badly cut.
E. H. BURNS, Sausalito. Right arm cut.
JOHN SHAPTMAN, 1035 Kansas street. Cut by flying glass.
EUGENE CALLAHAN, 995 Folsom street. Cuts and bruises.
ARTHUR MOROFORD, 1550 Fillmore street. Bruises, lacerations and cuts.
A. FELDTMAN, 917 Noe street. Cuts and bruises.
JOHN ZYRLES, Rex Hotel. Cuts and bruises.
San Mateo Times California 1925-12-26