Long Beach, CA Double Pier Collapses, May 1913
400 FALL AS PIER CRASHES; 33 DIE.
CALIFORNIA CROWD PLUNGES FORTY FEET TO GROUND AS BEACH STRUCTURE COLLAPSES.
200 PERSONS ARE INJURED.
THRONG OF 25,000 THROWN INTO WILD PANIC AFTER DISASTER NEAR LOS ANGELES.
MOST OF VICTIMS WOMEN.
Tragedy Occurs at Celebration of "Empire Day" In Honor of Queen Victoria's Anniversary.
Special to The New York Times.
Long Beach, Cal., May 24 -- While 10,000 persons were massed on a double-deck pier in front of the City Auditorium to-day, celebrating "British Empire Day," a section of the upper floor gave way and 400 were plunged to the beach, forty feet below. Those on the top deck fell upon the hundreds crowded on the lower deck, and all were dashed down a chute of shattered woodwork to the tide-washed sands.
Thirty-three persons -- mostly women -- were killed by the shivered timbers or crushed to death by the falling bodies of companions and friends. Fifty more were seriously injured, while hysteria and fright caused the disabling of scores of others. The total number of injured may reach 200.
A section of the auditorium which went down in the crash was added to the wreckage that fell of top of the injured and the dead.
Nearly all the dead and injured were residents of Los Angeles or its vicinity, and most of them were subjects or former subjects of Great Britain.