Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Motor Truck Runs Wild (1922)

Manassas Journal
July 28, 1922

MOTOR TRUCK RUNS WILD

Colored Man Injured When Emergency Brake Fails to Act

Cornelius Johnson, colored, was injured and the workshop and storeroom of Adolphus Roy damaged by a peculiar accident on Monday morning of this week.

Johnson, who is in the employ of Mr. W. E. McCoy, cranked up a truck in a garage of the Manassas Motor Company, and as the engine started the emergency brake slipped, throwing the motor into "high."  The truck rolled out of the garage building with Johnson clinging to the front of the machine between the bumper and the fender.  The truck headed for the Roy building and smashed head-on into the plate-glass window facing Center street.  The window was shattered, and the frame knocked out of position.  Johnson escaped with minor cuts and bruises.  Had it not been for the bumper on the machine he would probably have been crushed to death.

The damage done to the Roy building was repaired on Tuesday afternoon.


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