Los Angeles, CA Street Car Accident, Aug 1905
ONE KILLED IN STREET CAR WRECK.
HOLLYWOOD CAR HURLS MAN TO DEATH.
W. B. IRWIN BURIED IN THE DEBRIS.
MOTORMAN AND CONDUCTOR OF ILL-FATED COACH WIN THE PLAUDITS OF THE PASSENGERS BY STICKING TO THEIR POSTS.
W. B. IRWIN, manager of the Standard Biscuit company, was killed and twelve other persons were injured in an accident which occurred yesterday morning on the Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Pacific railway, at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and San Fernando Street.
Car No. 62, in charge of Motorman George J. Cross and Conductor Hollingsworth, and carrying more than 60 passengers, dashed down the Bellevue Avenue hill at 6:45 o'clock, struck the curb opposite the Sentuous packing house, left the trucks and collapsed.
"Gross carelessness in allowing defective brakes to be used on the car," is the cause of the accident given by car men who were on the spot soon after the accident occurred.
The car was one of the first out of the barn yesterday morning and was crowded with early workers going into the city from Hollywood.
The car moved slowly up the Bellevue Hill to the Grand Avenue crest, but just over the ridge began to gain speed. The motorman noticed the increase and threw off the brakes in an effort to slacken the speed before striking the sharp curve at the foot of the incline.
W. B. IRWIN, Edgar and Effie Streets, manager of Standard Biscuit company.
E. D. CHAFFEE, grocery solicitor, 1620 Avalon Street; hip crushed.
CHARLES LASHLEY, 11 years old, Hollywood; compound fracture of both bones left forearm.
FRED DIRKES, lineman, Hollywood; left leg and shoulder bruised.
F. C. BROBST, printer, 1440 Logan Street; left leg and ankle badly bruised; taken home in cab by friends.
D. E. PAYNE, carpenter, 1129 Temple Street; two broken ribs.
C. ZIEGLER, Ohio manufacturer, visitor to Hollywood; fracture of humerus.
MRS. LEA McNAMIE, 1539 Echo Park Road, employe of Carlson's hand laundry; shock.
MISS EDNA WEBB, 1630 Echo Park Road; head bruised.
H. F. SCHILL, railroad man, Orange Avenue and Sunset Boulevard; bruised.
EARL KELLER, 17 years old, employe of Baker Iron Works; right leg lacerated.
O. P. OSBORNE, face bruised.
J. WILSON, Chicago; head lacerated.
The brakes failed to work and instead of slowing down the car gained momentum with every foot of ground covered. Motorman Cross then turned to the emergency hand break but this too refused to work and with a final lunge the car jumped the tracks, the entire upper part tearing loose from the trucks and crashing into the curb.
W. B. IRWIN and E. D. CHAFFEE were standing on the front end, and when the crash came they were hurled from their places and pinned under the wreck.
Ambulances were hurried to the scene of the wreck and with the assistance of residents of the nieghborhood the passengers were lifted through the windows and all who were fortunate enough to have sustained only bruises and shocks, assisted in removing the injured to the receiving hospital where the four police surgeons were in attendance.
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