The Key System
March 12, 1942
East Oakland Traffic Blocked
for Hours; Conductor Injured------------
East Oakland automobile
and rail traffic was disrupted at 4:45 a.m. today when a Key System train
hit an open switch and jumped the tracks at 38th Avenue and East 14th Street
and crashed into a row of store buildings.
The train was outbound on
East 14th Street at the time and carried no passengers, but H.C. Elliot,
32, of 2008 Emerson Street, Berkeley, the Conductor, was cut and shaken
up. The Motorman, J. Collins, of 4608-Market Street, escaped injury.
There was little traffic at the time of the accident or the damage and
injuries might have been great, police said.
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