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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Vince M on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 06:11 pm:

1923 shorpys photo. Not a T, but i wonder if this was a common scene given the condition of the roads and bridges i.e. guard rails etc.
http://www.shorpy.com/node/5336?size=_original

Vince

http://www.shorpy.com/node/5335?size=_original




2 Drown When Auto Sinks in Tidal Basin
Two men were drowned and another rescued when the automobile in which they were riding crashed through a guard rail and plunged into the Tidal basin, in Potomac park, shortly after midnight.

The two victims were trapped in the big touring machine, which was submerged in 18 feet of water. Robert McLeman, 43 years old, 221 Tenth street northwest, threw himself clear of the hurtling car, and was rescued from the basin by park policemen. McLeman said one of the dead men was John Craven, residing at the Tenth street address. All he knew of the other was that he was from Virginia.

Washington Post, Dec 26, 1923

Vince


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Vince M on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 06:14 pm:

..........McLennan said he was turning onto the bridge and, in order to avoid striking a car coming toward him, swerved off sharply. This, he believed, caused a break in his steering gear and he could not control the car. The machine crashed through the iron railing, hurtled 18 feet across a sloping embankment and landed 20 feet out into the basin. McLennan told the police he was driving slowly.

McLennan fell clear, but the others were trapped. A passing motorist notified a park policeman several blocks away. Sergt. Miskell, motorcycle man, despatched three other men who reached the sea wall just as McLennan was about to go under a second time. The officers, Sergt. Rease and Private Jenkins and Rainey, formed a human ladder and pulled him ashore.

Washington Post, Dec 27, 1923


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ray Elkins on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 06:36 am:

Hmmm...no Kennedy involved? :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clayton Paddison on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 06:01 pm:

It's a big car too, 1916 or '17 Winton Six-33. look how the the left front Axle/wheel/frame is pushed in from the impact.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Noel Denis Chicoine, MD on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 06:41 pm:

Ray, nobody under 50 remembers that incident. Mary Jo Who? What were they doing after the party? Why no manslaughter charges? Hmmm... Privelege has it's rank.
Noel


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Tuominen on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 07:38 am:

I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 12:26 pm:

I'd rather botch a joke, like Kerry did, than botch a war, like . . .


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Vince M on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 03:00 pm:

um...we won ricks

vince


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