Photo: 115th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard via Google’s Street View.
Dec. 29, 1941: A streetcar heading north on Hawthorne Boulevard hits an automobile at 115th Street after the driver, apparently blinded by rain, entered the intersection.
“The streetcar struck the machine dead center. At the first impact the streetcar was lifted clear off the tracks and then it settled back down, shoving, grinding the automobile, bucking along like a horse but grinding the car underneath the front wheels. The streetcar rolled for 150 feet and finally stopped,” John Holmes, of 5033 W. 118th Place, told police.
The victims are identified as Jacob and Mattie Kessler, 326 W. 132nd, Hawthorne; their son Henry, 10836 Inglewood Ave., Lennox; and their granddaughter Carol Jean Kessler.
Folks who are eager to bring back the streetcars, please take note.
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