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Sewer maintenance workers fix the damage falling dirt caused after the death of Peter Sanchez, Los Angeles, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
January 14, 1936
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Photograph appears with the article, "Cave-in Kills Worker in Sewer Excavation," Los Angeles Times, 07 Jan 1936: A1.
Department of Sewer Maintenance employee Peter Sanchez is remembered as a "good Samaritan" after attempting to help a resident on Newell street with his own excavation while working with city employees to repair a sewer at Newell and Blake streets. He jumped into 2800 Newell Street resident James Douglass' eleven-foot ditch, causing the walls of earth to collapse and bury him alive.
Several men dig at the earth with shovels while various spectators watch.
Text from negative sleeve: 3217 - Cave in at Newell + Blake St. - [stamped:] Jan 14 1936
Text from newspaper caption: Buried under tons of earth when an eleven-foot-deep sewage ditch collapsed over him, Peter Sanchez, city laborer, met his death here at 2800 Newell street. Workmen are shown repairing damage caused by the falling dirt.
Handwritten on negative: Cave in at Newell + Blake St. -
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Laborers--California--Los Angeles
Accidents--California--Los Angeles
Sewerage--California--Los Angeles
Sanchez, Peter, 1936
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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