Very lucky day for a truck driver but not for those on the train.
Over 100 people were killed
At first I thought it was a Ford but the article says it's a Dodge. I can see the roof drops down in front and the shape of the fenders are different.
This is the website
Looks like a Dodge Station Wagon. Here is another Screen Side. They are nice too. They must have made quite a few.
Might have been a lucky day for that guy but I don't think the people inside or under that train made out so good. The people inside the train might have survived the fall but the folks under the train never knew what hit them.
After looking at the higher definition picture on the other website. I may be wrong (not that that would ever happen), and despite the news report from the day, I have doubts that the truck in the photo is a Dodge. The fenders, wheels, and what little I can really see of the cowl due to shadows, do not look Dodge to me. Especially given the news report date of 1923. Overland would seem more likely, or maybe even Chevrolet. Definitely not a Ford. The body is one of a few common, major, after-market depot hack (like Mifflenberg (sp.?)) with the rear seats removed.
I am curious to hear what other people think it may be.
One thing that strikes me about this is the timing for the driver of the truck. Think of the five second window. Two seconds one way? Slam on the brakes easy stop! A small fraction of a second the other way? Never knew what hit him dead! About two seconds further in that direction? What was that noise????
It reminds me about fifty years ago just outside Laytonville Califunny where we spent a lot of time because my dad had a TV system there. An about two ton boulder rolled off a hillside and landed in the box of a pickup truck driving by. The driver had no idea of trouble until the sudden stop. The rear axle had to be dug out of the asphalt it had been driven almost clear through. It was the talk of the town for months. (No, it wasn't us)
Do drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
It's a depot hack, not a screen side; Star, Chevy, Overland?
The sudden stopping of the huckster because of the falling commuter car may have sent the driver of same through the windshield and killed him.
Hi Dan H!!!