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What Happened?

What Happened?

"Fire Wreck." January 5, 1921, in Washington, D.C. Back in April we posted this view of the same crash, at Columbia Road and Sherman Avenue, of the fire chief's Chevrolet. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

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Alley on the right

Check out the right center of the pic. People over there are looking at the head of the alley. Looks like fire hose or misaligned bricks. Probably over there is what the buggy struck. By the way, the buggy says Fire Marshal, but another pic states Battalion Fire Chief Timothy J. Donohue was the officer.
Pretty neat, the 2 houses east of the alley towards Georgia Ave are no longer there.

Closer photo of the buggy that was hit

Re: Columbia Heights

You are right. This is in Columbia Heights. I think most of the houses in the picture are still there but the corner store is not a 7-11.

I am familiar with that

I am familiar with that area; it is a predominantly african american working class neighborhood

Hey, I know that neighborhood!

That's not far from the Columbia Heights metro stop. Some of those houses are still there--but I think there's a 7-11 on that corner.

I love the way

a car wreck can STILL draw a crowd like this. Some things never change!

It looks like there is leaf

It looks like there is leaf debris or maybe slush on the road. If he hit it when he was braking for the intersection, he could have easily skidded.

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