Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, November 06, 2015 at 08:58:44 :
San Rafael Independent
Tuesday, February 11, 1930
Crash Kills Truck Driver
As W. H. Kern, 35, driver of a truck for Granfield, Farrar and Carlin on the highway project on the Puerto Suello grade, was filling the radiator of his truck with water, another truck driven by Pierpont Molseed, 513 Fourth street, San Rafael, backed down on him, crushing him to death almost instantly. The only other witness of the accident was John O’Connell, another truck driver.
According to O’Connell, the men were in line to be loaded with earth by the steam shovel. Kearns was standing in front of his truck filling it with water and Molseed who was driving the truck ahead attempted to start his truck up the hill but it slid back pinning Kearns between it and his own truck. J. Carlin, one of the members of the contracting firm, was present at the time of the accident.
Kern has a wife who resides at the family home at 1071 Treat street, San Francisco.
[note: name spelled both ways]
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