Detroit, MI Trolley And Auto Crash, May 1923
SEVEN KILLED AS DETROIT TROLLEY AND AUTO CRASH.
Detroit, Mich., May 27 -- Five persons were killed here tonight when an interurban car on the Detroit-Pontiac line hit an automobile at Woodward avenue and the fifteen mile road, eight miles north of Detroit. None of the dead has been identified.
The impact of the collision threw the motor of the wrecked automobile into a line of machines passing along the road, wrecking another machine. The car following the second wrecked automobile then crashed into that car. A number of persons in these machines were injured, several were removed to hospitals.
According to those who witnessed the accident the driver of the wrecked automobile attempted to turn out to pass another machine. The traffic jam forced the driver to turn onto the Interurban tracks in front of a southbound car. The five persons who lost their lives were in the automobile.
The Bridgeport Telegram Connecticut 1923-05-28
INVESTIGATION BEGUN IN CRASH.
SEVEN MEET DEATH WHEN TROLLEY HURLS AUTO INTO ANOTHER MACHINE.
Detroit, May 29. -- With the seven victims of the crash identified, Oakland county authorities Monday were investigating circumstances surrounding the collision in Woodward avenue road, about ten miles north of Detroit, Sunday evening, of an automobile and a southbound interurban car.
In addition to the seven who met death, all of whom were Detroiters, a dozen or more passengers of the interurban were cut by broken glass or were injured when they jumped from the car after it crashed into the automobile.
The dead are:
JOSEPH KAPINSKY, 18.
BEATRICE CHOLPEIK, 18.
MARY CHANEZULS, 17.
MARY FRASH, 20.
ANNA FRASH, 18, her sister.
ALOYSIUS BALCAR, JR., 21.
JOSEPH BALCAR, 18, his brother.
According to witnesses, an automobile containing the first five named swerved upon the interurban tracks to pass another automobile that had stalled. The interurban struck the machine, broke it in pieces and hurled the engine many feet into an automobile occupied by the BALCAR brothers. The BALCARS were so seriously injured, that they died soon after being taken to a hospital. The five occupants of the first motorcar were killed, and their bodies were burned when the gasoline tank of their machine caught fire.
The airbrakes of the interurban were broken by the impact, and the motorman was unable to stop the car for two blocks.
Gettysburg Times Pennsylvania 1923-05-29