Dallas Truck Crashes Into Building

Dallas Truck Crashes Into Building

Three men were injured, one probably seriously, when a Dallas, Tex., fire truck crashed into the front of the building at Ervay Street and Pacific Avenue, occupied by the Rigsbee & Thurmond Electric Company. Five firemen on the truck escaped without injury. The three men injured were employees of the electric company. R. A. Bransford was seated at a desk in the office when the accident happened. He was thrown across the building and the desk piled on top of him. The other two men were working in the office. A hole in the pavement on Ervay Street is said to have been the cause of the accident. Flanigan, who was making his initial drive to a fire, struck the hole with the right front wheel of the truck. The steering wheel was jerked from his hands. Before he could gain control of the machine it had plunged into the building. A. R. Rigsbee, owner of the electric company, stated he was standing in front of his store watching the fire apparatus going to a fire on Federal Street. He saw the machine start toward the store and shouted a warning. “It was all done so quickly there was no chance for any one to get out of the way,” he stated. “It is a wonder every one was not killed.” The big fire truck passed half its length through the plate glass front of the office, the front end of the machine knocking down a dividing partition at the rear of the office. The machine was backed out by its own power. It is estimated the damage done to the machine will not exceed $10. A broken headlight, bent fender and guard, and spring knocked out of place, was the extent of the damage. Damage to the building and contents will amount to approximately $2,000, it was stated. The fire apparatus was making a run to 1600 Federal Street, where slight damage to the roof of a small three-room house occupied by a Mexican family resulted.

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