Burlingame, CA Automobile Crash, Aug 1908

FIVE VICTIMS WAIT BURIAL DUE TO AUTO CRASH.

M'CORMICK HOME AT BURLINGAME UNDER FUNERAL PALL.

TWO OF SEVEN VICTIMS OF TERRIBLE ACCIDENT ARE RECOVERING, THE OTHERS WILL BE BURIED FROM THE RESIDENCE FROM WHICH THE GAY MOTORING PARTY WENT FORTH.

(Associated Press Day Report)
San Francisco, Aug. 4. - The bodies of the five persons killed in the frightful automobile accident on the grounds of Prince Poniatowski near Burlingame yesterday, lie at the McCormick home in San Mateo, from which the funeral will take place.
They are:
MRS. THOMAS McCORMICK, wife of the president of the McCormick Brothers' Iron Works.
MISS CLARA McCORMICK, her daughter.
MRS. IRA G. O'BRIEN.
ROBERT O'BRIEN and IRA O'BRIEN, her children.
MISS ETHEL McCORMICK, who was seriously injured, is also at her home. She is reported to be resting easy and no doubt of her recovery is entertained. The other victim of the accident, MISS EMMA C. McCAULEY, is at the Guild Hospital in San Mateo, and will soon recover from her injuries, which are not serious.
The disaster, which was the second of a similar character to occur in this vicinity within the short space of two days, was almost witnessed by another automobile party which was out for a ride from the home of Mrs. J. O'Shea. Those in the party were only prevented from seeing the wreck by shrubbery along the road. When they turned a curve they saw the runaway machine, which had crashed into a tree, lying on its side and the dead and injured prone on the ground. They hastened to the rescue and carried the injured to the hospital in their machine.
Frank O'Shea, one of the party, said: "It was the most awful sight I ever witnessed. When we reached the scene, six women and children were stretched on the grass, killed or stunned. MISS ETHEL McCORMICK who was driving the machine when its brakes refused to work, was the only one conscious. She was rushing from the scene, screaming hysterically. The car must have been going at a very rapid rate, for the road at that point is not particularly dangerous. There are indications that it struck a rock which would partly account for the accident. When the brakes gave way the machine twisted to one side of the road and dropped twenty feet crashing into a big buckeye tree. Every one of its occupants was thrown out and the car was wrecked by the force of the collision."

Los Angeles Times California 1908-08-05