Largo, CA Train Collision, Mar 1929

The Wreck at Largo

TRANSIENTS DEAD IN WRECKAGE OF TRAINS, BELIEF.

PHYSICIANS FIND EVIDENCE OF FURTHER CASUALTIES IN NORTHWESTERN ACCIDENT.

Ukiah, Cal., March 1. (UP) -- Belief that the crash between a fast passenger train and a freight near Largo yesterday afternoon may have caused the deaths of several transients was expressed here today by DR. F. L. REA, local physician.
DR. REA said that while investigating the scene of the accident he had found evidence which convinced him that several men who may have been "riding the rails" of the freight possibly met death.
Three investigations were under way today to determine responsibility for the death of two trainmen and injury of approximately thirty other persons.
EDWARD H. MAGGARD, president of the Northwestern Pacific, announced he had organized a special board of inquiry of company officials. The state railroad commission and the interstate commerce commission will also take part in the investigation.
Engineer Blamed.
Preliminary reports indicate the engineer of the passenger train was responsible for the crash. Orders for his train to stop at Largo were found in his jumper. At Largo it was said the train sped through that stop.
The dead:
GEORGE BRADLEY, JR., Willits, the engineer of the passenger train.
F. L. LANDRE, Sausalito, fireman of the freight train.
Most seriously injured were GEORGE W. CUNARD, Sausalito, engineer of the freight train and G. R. McLEOD, Healdsburg, mail clerk, were to be taken to San Francisco today in a special train for hospital treatment.

Modesto News-Herald California 1929-03-01

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Relative of NWP engineer George W. Cunard in 3-1-29 collision

I'm a relative of George W. Cunard (1878-1929), his father James Henry "Jim" Cunard (1837-1919) was my Paternal GreatGrandfather, George Washington "G.W." Cunard's (1848-1926) half brother. I'm doing Cunard family history research and simply entered Northwestern Pacific engineer George W. Cunard killed in railroad accident in 1939 into Ask.com and this webpage came up! I would be interested in any further information that can be provided on George W. Cunard and the Largo, CA train collision of March 1st, 1929. Family records show that George was born in September 1878 and died on March 14th, 1929, he would have been 50 years old. He is buried at Mount View Cemetery in Oakland, Alameda County, CA, along with his parents James and Sarah A. Cunard.

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Nat
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Stu

photos

Stu, please send me your e-mail address so I can forward the photos to you.
-Nat

photos

I would be interesting in seeing them (if you can email copies to me) to see which accident they are ..
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stu

I have some old photos that

I have some old photos that might be of this derailment. They were taken by my great-uncle. Who would be interested in them? Contact me at the e-mail address above.