Wilmington, DE Truck Collision, Aug 1933
FOUR PICNICKERS ARE KILLED AS THEIR TRUCK HITS ONE LOADED WITH GUNCOTTON.
EXPLOSIVE LETS GO, TURNING STRAWRIDE INTO INFERNO - BODIES STREWN ABOUT.
Wilmington, Del., Aug. 21 (AP) - The crash of two trucks, one loaded with picnickers, the other with guncotton
early today turned a straw ride into an inferno, killing four persons and injuring a score of others seriously enough to require hospital treatment.
Police said the truck carrying the cellulose nitrate, part of a freight shipment bound for New York, crashed into the rear of the merrymakers truck.
Strewn Along Roadside.
Fire followed instantly and a moment later there came an explosion which aroused the countryside.
Young people were strewn over the roadside, but it meant the saving of their lives. The four who burned to death were trapped in the straw-strewn picnic truck. Firemen and state police braved the peril of more explosions to drag out the bodies, but the fire raged too furiously for them to be brought out alive.
All of those killed and injured were from Chester and Marcus Hook, Pa. They had been on a picnic to White Crystal Beach, Md., and were on their way home at the time of the collision seven miles north of this city.
HENRY CUMMINGS, 27, Chester.
DANIEL MAHONEY, 20, Chester.
FRANCIS GASKIL, 25, Chester.
JENNIE CHLASTA, Trainer, Pa.
Several were injured in addition to the score who were brought to two Wilmington hospitals. But their names were not obtained in the excitement.
On the Wilmington-Philadelphia pike, main travel artery, and casting a glare which could be seen for miles, the accident caused a traffic jam which blocked cars for miles in both directions.
State police reported that the cargo of the Baltimore truck consisted of the cellulose nitrate which was in drums, and canned goods. The guncotton, they learned, was bound from Baltimore to the Gillespie plant of the Hercules Powder Co., Parlin, N.J.
The Republic Columbus Indiana 1933-08-21