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Berlin, NJ Auto Wreck, Aug 1915


Philadelphia Policeman, Wife and Daughter Among Injured Returning From Shore.

Special to The Inquirer.

BERLIN, N. J., Aug. 17.---Five persons all Philadelphians, were injured three miles from here early this morning when an automobile in which they were riding overturned. All the injured now are in Cooper Hospital, Camden. They are:

Martin Bonsall, fractured leg North Sixth street, several ribs broken and contusions of the body.
Matilda Bonsal, his wife, fractured leg and broken ankle.
Elizabeth Bonsall, his daughter, broken arm, general contusions and scalp wounds.
Mrs. Sarah Rittenbox, mother of Mrs. Bonsall, concussion of the brain, scalp wounds and bruises.
Mrs. Elizabeth Bassenfielder, 600 Race street, fractured arm and general concussions.

The party was returning from Atlantic City when the rear axle of the touring car broke. One wheel skidded off to the side of the road, causing the machine to overturn, crushing the occupants beneath it.

Dr. Frank O. Stem, who resides near the scene of the accident, heard the crash and rushed to aid the injured. Another machine was secured and the doctor had them removed to the hospital.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 18 Aug 1915

article | by Dr. Radut