PITTSBURGH APPARATUS CRASH RESULTS IN 2 DEAD; 4 INJURED
Pumper Crashes Into Frozen Dirt Pile from Which the Red Lantern Was Removed-Speeding Auto Blamed for Accident
TWO firemen were killed and four others injured, when Engine Company No. 42, Pittsburgh, Pa., struck a pile of hard frozen dirt on East Street near Royal Street with terrific force recently, and hurled the entire crew of firemen into the street.
The direct cause of the fatal crash is said to have been a speeding motor car, which had preceded the fire apparatus sometime before, and knocked over the red danger light which had been placed on the dirt pile. This light was later found in the excavation made for repairing a street sewer.
The two firemen killed were Hoseman Joseph H. Joos and George DoIIhopf and the injured were John E. Gillespie, driver of the pumper and also acting Captain of the Company; Hosemen, J. R. Ravenstahl, Joseph E. Crummie and substitute hoseman, Raymond Mather.
The firemen were all picked up from the street and rushed to the Presbyterian and Alleghany General Hospitals. Driver John E. Gillespie, hosemen George DoIIhopf, J. R. Ravenstahl, Joseph E. Crummie and substitute hoseman Raymon Maiher were taken to the Allegheny General Hospital, where hoseman DoIIhopf died from his injuries a short time after his arrival.
As the apparatus passed Royal Street, the driver according to the firemen riding on the apparatus, noticed the dirt pile directly in the path of the speeding apparatus. Unable to either stop or swing the heavy pumper to the side, the machine struck the dirt pile with terrific force.
The apparatus after running over the dirt pile, skidded and turned completely around in the street, being headed directly in the opposite direction from which it was traveling when it came to a stop after the crash.
A detail of over one hundred uniformed firemen acted as an escort with six uniformed firemen as pallbearers at each of the funerals of the firemen killed in this accident.