Wilmington, DE Truck Collision, Aug 1933
TRUCKS COLLIDE; ONE EXPLODES.
PICNICKERS KILLED WHEN LOAD OF GUNCOTTON BLOWS UP IN CRASH.
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 that the truck carrying the cellulose nitrate, part of a freight shipment bound for New York, crashed into the rear of the merrymakers' truck.
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.
All of those killed and injured were from Chester, Trainer 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.
Those killed were listed by state police as:
HENRY CUMMINGS, 27, Chester.
DANIEL MAHONEY, 20, Chester.
FRANCIS GASKIL, 25, Chester.
JENNIE CHLASTA, 19, Trainer, Pa.
Several were injured in addition to the score who were brought to two Wilmington hospitals.
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.
Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1933-08-21