2 Die in Fiery Crash on Arroyo Seco Parkway

Sept. 9, 1942, Comics

Sept. 9, 1942, Stalingrad

Sept. 9, 1942: Two people died when they were trapped in a burning car on the Arroyo Seco Parkway in South Pasadena after the gas tank exploded in a fiery crash at the Fair Oaks Avenue exit.

John Lucas and Irene Somerlott of Pasadena were in a car driven by John R. Nalon of San Fernando, who was thrown from the vehicle when it hit a light pole, skidded up the Fair Oaks exit ramp and plunged back onto the freeway, catching fire.

Scotty Haskell of South Pasadena told police he tried to rescue Lucas and Somerlott from the burning car, but the flames were too intense.

Note especially the death of John Banks, Negro. In case you didn’t know, newspapers in the 1940s commonly identified African Americans in stories in this manner.

Tom Treanor, who was killed in a Jeep accident while covering the liberation of France, files a report from Cairo about the Long Range Desert Group, who want to know if Clark Gable is serious about getting in on the fighting or just a Hollywood phony.

“The Talk of the Town”opens today at the Pantages in Hollywood and the RKO downtown.

Sept. 9, 1942, Talk of the Town


Sept. 9, 1942, Tom Treanor

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in 1942, African Americans, Comics, Film, Hollywood, Tom Treanor, Transportation, World War II and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to 2 Die in Fiery Crash on Arroyo Seco Parkway

  1. Charles Seims says:

    RE: Arroyo Seco Parkway. I believe the speed limit was 40 when it opened in 1940. Years later, I asked its contractor, J.E. Haddock, why the left (fast) lane was asphalt paved while the center and right lanes were concrete. He replied that it was thought that nobody would drive in the fast lane, so the pavement would never wear out. Incidentally, my deceased friend Ernie Leo was the first, if unofficial passenger over the Parkway. The day before it opened, he took down the barricade and drove over the new road in his Model T, stopping on the road to take a photograph and posing with his Ford in front of the “City of South Pasadena” sign which is still there today.


  2. Notes:
    “Tom Treanor” looks more like ex-LA Ram coach George Allen.
    2nd, I’m surprised more accidents don’t happen on the Pasadena FW. The luck of the old FW, and we the drivers.


  3. Richelle Alva says:

    Peggy Irene Somerlott is my Great-Aunt. My Aunt Dorothy adopted her son and raised him as her own. However, I was told by my Grandmother that the driver, a taxi driver and not related to Irene, was under the influence at the time of the accident.


Leave a Reply. Note: Your IP is logged with your comment so a fake name and email address are useless.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.