San Luis Obispo, CA Train Wreck, Aug 1930


Crack Southern Pacific Train, "Padre" Stops to Make Repairs, Sister Train, "Lark," Ploughs Into Rear End - Observation Car Telescoped - Accident Occurs Near San Luis Obispo, Cal. - Trains Traveling Close Together, Bound for San Francisco and Oakland from Los Angeles.

San Francisco, Aug. 28. - Nineteen passengers and two railroad employes were injured early today in a rear end collision between The Lark and The Padre, Southern Pacific passenger trains, at San Luis Obispo, Cal.

With the exception of Peter Leon, car inspector whose leg was amputated at the knee, none was seriously injured.

The injured passengers included Edward Leonard, St. Louis, Robert W. West, Jr., Cincinnati, J. R. Hazen, and Mrs. J. R. Hazen, of Chicago, Mrs. C. W. Bixby, New York City.

Reports to the Southern Pacific company here said Lillian MacArthur, Denver, received injuries which were not believed serious and a Miss Kenny, believed to be a traveling companion of the Denver woman, suffered an injured left ankle.

Thomas Fitzgerald, Chicago, received a cut over the eye. Peter Leon, a railroad worker, was seriously hurt.

The Padre and The Lark, traveling close together, were bound for San Francisco and Oakland from Los Angeles. The Padre stopped to repair a steampipe. The Lark plowed into The Padre's observation car, telescoping about 15 feet of it.

Paul Shoup, president of the Southern Pacific, was aboard his private car "Sunset," attached to The Padre, but was not injured.

The Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, IN 28 Aug 1930