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Crescent City, CA Auto Explosion, Jul 1911



Gasoline Tank Explodes in Car While En Route from Portland, Ore., to San Francisco.

Grants Pass, Ore., July 6. - A family automobile party, touring from Portland to San Francisco, ended near Crescent City, Ore [sic]. when the machine's fuel tank exploded, fatally burning one young woman and inflicting serious injuries upon her sister, father, and the two little brothers for whose protection she gave her life. The dead is Miss Myrna Kelly.

The injured: J. B. Kelly, Myrna's father; Miss Angella Kelly, Hobart Kelly and Homer Kelly, all of San Francisco.

A bump in the road struck the bottom of the car, stripping the gear and tearing loose the gasoline tank. As the car sprang forward fire from the burners streamed back, touching the tank. An explosion followed and flames enveloped the tonneau.

Myrna Kelly, with her arms around her 6 and 8-year old brothers, crowded them down in the car, but was herself caught by the full blast of the fire. She died here.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, 8 Jul 1911

article | by Dr. Radut