The Key System
March 12, 1942
The big train tore up the
gutter and sidewalk as it ground across the pavement and hit with a crash
against a drugstore operated by A. C. Butler at 3800- East 14th Street.
The two-car train stood in a jackknifed position at the intersection for
more than four hours as crewman worked to put it back on the rails. The
wheels of the second car remained partially on the 38th Avenue rails. Although
the train hit the building with such force it awakened people sleeping
on the second floor, the only damage was a broken plate glass window and
neon sign and a torn awning. Early commuters, temporarily stalled, resorted
to hitch-hiking to get to their jobs.
Police rerouted all automobile
traffic at 39th Avenue, sending it up to Foothill Boulevard and around
the wreckage. Trains were sent over the eastbound tracks until the
westbound track could be cleared. The
trains, traveling in controls,
were routed on the east tracks from 41st Avenue to 23rd Avenue. Conductor
Elliot was treated at Highland Hospital and then released.
Caption data from Ken (Key
Route Ken) Shattock
Norm Spaulding collection
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