Posted by Carolyn Schwab on Wednesday, November 07, 2007 at 08:55:09 :
Wednesday, May 15, 1929
Woman Killed by Deadly Third Rail
In attempting to cross a track in front of a northbound Northwestern Pacific train at Main Street and Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo, at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Mrs. ANGELA LEONARDI, 53 years old of Kentfield, was fatally burned by the current from the third rail and badly crushed.
Mrs. Leonardi was struck by the shoe on the left side of the first car of the train and dragged about 25 feet before the train could be stopped. The train crew, headed by conductor C.F. Klein, worked for 20 minutes before they could extricate the body.
Mrs. Leonardi was on her way to a home in Sequoia park, where she was employed by the day and alighting from the train at San Anselmo Station, approached the crossing as the train left the station.
The victim is survived by 2 daughters, Mary who just returned from a hospital from a long illness, and Katherine, and 2 sons, Louis and Anthony.
Dr. C.A. De Lancey pronounced her dead, after her body was brought to the hospital. The remains were then removed to the parlors of Keaton and Dusel in San Rafael.
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