Chief’s Car Crashes Into Apparatus

Chief’s Car Crashes Into Apparatus

One fireman was killed, another seriously injured, two slightly hurt and a civilian injured at Quincy, Ill., when the chemical engine from Station No. 8 and the coupe driven by Chief Ed rates collided at Eighteenth and Broadway while in response to an alarm four blocks from the scene of the crash. Ernest J. Yost, driver of the engine, was killed.

Chief Yates received bruises on head and back.

By a strange coincidence, the alarm that resulted in the crash from the home of a fireman who was injured in the crash. Chief Yates and a mechanic, Poepping, left department headquarters shortly before the alarm was sounded at 4:48 o’clock in the afternoon. Companies 2, 6 and 8 responded.

As the chief reached Sixteenth and Vermont, three blocks from the scene of the accident, they heard the siren of Company No. 2 as it went out on Broadway. The chief stopped his car to see which way the apparatus was going. As it passed a block north of him, he swerved his coupe and followed, not knowing where the alarm was from.

As they reached Eighteenth and Broadway, one of the busiest sections in the city, the coupe struck Engine Company No. 8 broadside, causing it to skid on the asphalt pavement, strike a curbing on the northeast corner and turn over on its side, piling up against a telephone pole.

Yost, the driver, was thrown clear of the machine, landing eight feet in front of it on his stomach. One fireman who was winding the siren and another on the right running board, were caught beneath the wreckage. A Babcock was turned on, which squirted a chemical into the faces of the two men.

Frantic efforts were made to stop Chief Yates by men standing on the corner. He mistook their signals, however, for the location of the fire. He momentarily took his eyes off the street and looked north for the blaze. At that moment the chemical, a Nash truck, equipped with two 80-gallon tanks, hose and other equipment, flashed in front of him. There was no chance to stop or apply brakes.

The Remains of Chief Yates’ Car

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