Providence, RI Automobile Tank Explosion, Jul 1902


One Person Fatally Burned and Four Others Injured at a Providence. (R. I.) Park.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., July, 13.---In an automobile explosion in Roger Williams Park this afternoon one person was probably fatally burned and four others received injuries. The machine was owned by the Providence Automobile and Transportation Company as a public conveyance, and six passengers were aboard. Without warning the gasoline valve blew out and the fire communicated to the storage tank, which exploded, enveloping the occupants in a sheet of flame. Cora Willard, seventeen years old, was badly burned, and it is thought she will not survive. Nelson Rice and Stella Clegg, each six years of age, and Elmer Peck, fourteen, were badly burned. Pauline Meinchill, thirty-one, jumped and received slight injuries.

William Shields, who operated the carriage, disappeared, and late to-night had not been heard from.

The New York Times, New York, NY 14 Jul 1902