Lerdo, CA Train Derailed, Jan 1917
MILLBRAE BANKER LOSES BOTH LEGS IN TRAIN FALL.
SPLIT RAIL NEAR BAKERSFIELD DITCHES LIMITED.
TWELVE CARS DERAILED AND FIVE OVERTURN; 70 INJURED.
Bakersfield, Jan. 17. -- (AP) -- Seven persons were known to have been killed, Coroner Norman Houze said today, and many others were injured when a Southern Pacific passenger train struck a broken rail 12 miles northwest of here early today.
He added one or two more might have died in the wreck.
Deputy Coroner John Werts, also at the wreck scene, said three of the known dead are women. Some of the bodies removed from the wreckage were badly mangled, making determination of the exact number killed difficult.
Kern county general hospital, where most of the injured were being treated, estimated them at 70 to 100, including those less seriously hurt.
The dead included these, tentatively identified:
JOSEPH LEROY HALL, 52, 2734 Gilham Road, Kansas City, Mo.
MRS. JAMES HALL.
BESSIE DILES, 56, 1348 Battery Street, Richmond, California. On her was to Los Angeles to join her husband.
Pvt. JOSEPH BERNAVICH, 18, 2807 15th Street, Richmond, Calif.
MRS. ERMA DUVALL, of Beaumont, Tex.
A white woman about 30 years of age, reddish-brown hair, white gold diamond wedding and engagement rings, wearing a two-piece brown gabardine suit.
A Negro man, possibly a sailor, about 30 years of age.
A white woman, about 50, wearing a green dress with white polka dots.
Sheriff's Deputy Jack Keithley estimated 55 persons were being treated for injuries at the scene.
Keithley said an uncounted number of passengers were hurled through train windows and crushed beneath the weight of four coaches and a tourits sleeper which were derailed and overturned when the Owl, night train south-bound from San Francisco to Los Angeles, hit a broken rail. Twelve cars of the fifteen car train were derailed.
The sheriff's deputy reported that the wreckage was a ghastly scene and that legs and arms were torn from some of the victims.
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