Los Angeles, CA Street Car Collision, July 1909

ONE KILLED MANY HURT IN STREET CAR CRASH.

REAR-END COLLISION OCCURS IN DARKNESS NEAR EASTLAKE PARK.

MONROVIA ELECTRIC TELESCOPES CROWDED CAR ON PASADENA SHORT LINE AT SHARP CURVE CLOSE TO INDIAN VILLAGE.

TROLLEY OFF WIRE; LIGHTS ALL OUT.

MOTORMAN FROM CROWN CITY UNABLE TO SEE VEHICLE JAMMED WITH PASSENGERS --
SCENE OF WILDEST CONFUSION ENSUES AFTER ACCIDENT -- INJURED AND DYING TAKEN TO FOUR HOSPITALS.

One person was instantly killed and a score of others were injured, several of them seriously, in a rear-end collision on the Pasadena short line of the Pacific Electric railroad at 7:30 o'clock last night, when Monrovia car No. 330 crashed into the rear of Pasadena car No. 334 while an attempt was being made to adjust the trolley pole of the latter car.
The accident happened just opposite the Indian village, near Eastlake Park, on the private right of way and at one of the worst curves on the line. From all accounts the trolley on the Pasadena car slipped from the wire as the car crossed the Mission Road, bound in to Los Angeles.
The lights in the crowded car were extinguished and the Monrovia car, also crowded and running at a high rate of speed, crashed into the rear end of the Pasadena coach while the conductor was attempting to get the trolley back into place. Witnesses of the accident declare that the accident was conclusive evidence that the block signal system should be employed on all electric lines in Los Angeles County, particularly at curves so dangerous as that near the Mission Road crossing, where the accident occurred.
The Dead:
FRED KETTLER, artist, of 1700 East Fourteenth Street. Instantaly killed. Body taken to Pierce Brothers' morgue.
The Injured:
MRS. J. W. SMITH, 901 East Forty-Third Street; contusions and bruises; right ankle sprained. At Crocker Street Hospital. May die.
Conductor THOMAS BENNETT of Pasadena car No. 334; thumb cut off and bad cuts on head and body; possible internal injuries. At the Pasadena Hospital.
LUCAS WURM, brewer, of 454 East Fourth Street; broken toe; injury to abdomen and slight abrasions. At Pasadena Hospital.
DAVID RUTAN, bruised hip and cuts on body. At Pasadena Hospital.
HENRY WILMS, baker, of 454 East Fourth Street; slight abrasions of neck and face. At Pasadena Hospital.
DANIEL H. PORES, 949 East Tenth Street, motorman of Monrovia car No. 330; lacerations on forehead; gash on chin and other slight injuries. At Pasadena Hospital.
LEE HENRY FADLEY, cuts and bruises. At Pasadena Hospital.
RUDOLPH BLOSSER, 737 North Maltman Street; cuts and bruises. At Pasadena Hospital.
J. W. SMITH, 901 East Forty-Third Street, manager of Coffee Club at 112 Court Street; bruised and right ankle cut by flying glass; may be internally injured. At Crocker Street Hospital.
J. C. BURGESS, 668 Antonio Street, bottler for Los Angeles Brewing company; bruised about head and chest. At Crocker Street Hospital.

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