Wyandotte, MI Interurban And Truck Collide, Dec 1924
CORONER'S JURY PROBES FATAL DETROIL WRECK.
COLLISION OF INTERURBAN WITH MOTOR TRUCK TAKES FIVE LIVES, INJURES 10 -- FIRE FOLLOWS.
Detroit, Dec. 4. -- (UP) -- A coroner's jury was to start investigation here today to determine cause of the collision of a Detroit-Toledo Interurban of the D. U. R. lines and a motor truck here last night that resulted in the death of five persons and injury of ten others.
DANIEL CALLAHAN, Toledo, motorman.
MRS. GARNETT KISSEBERTH, Toledo.
Two unidentified women and an unidentified girl.
O. C. GAUL.
CHARLES SPRAUKEL, all of Huron.
WILFRED UFER, Toledo.
H. H. PIERCE, Toledo.
MRS. H. H. PIERCE, Toledo.
Wreck victims were burned almost beyond recognition from flames that flashed into the turpentine drums the truck was carrying. The body of MRS. KISSEBERTH was identified by her husband by bits of jewelry and clothing.
Witnesses said the truck started across a street directly in front of the interurban. The truck cleared the car, but a trailer loaded with turpentine drums was struck. Force of the collision hurled some of the drums into the car where they exploded and caught fire. The motorman was crushed by one of the drums and burned in the fire that followed.
HARRY CULVER, Toledo, driver of the truck was in custody of Wyandotte, Mich., police pending the coroner's investigation today.
The interurban was starting to pick up speed as it cleared the city limits, when the truck trailer was struck. The trailer was carried nearly a block before Motorman COLLINS, operating the second car of the two car train was able to bring it to a stop. Passengers started pouring out of the doors as the flames caught and roared through the tangled wreckage. Rescuers dashed into the oil fed flames and succeded in rescuing the bodies of the dead, but not until some had been charred by the intense heat.
Railway officials immediately started an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. One report blamed sparks from the torn trolley wire while another told of a rescuer who carried a lantern too close to the inflammable turpentine. The fact that the fire sprang up almost at the same instant that the train was brought to a stop caused officials to believe electrical sparks caused the fire.
Date for the official inquest over the deaths of the wreck victims was placed for the night of December 17 by the coroner at Wyandotte, Detroit suburb, where the wreck occurred this morning.
Record Eagle Traverse City Michigan 1924-12-04