Chief Smart, of Calgary, Hurt
Chief James Smart, of the Calgary, Alberta, fire department, was seriously injured a few days ago in a collision between his auto car and a street car. Assistant Chief Carr and Driver Tapper were also painfully injured. The chief was en route to a tire and seeing that great speed must be made, had advised two citizens who were in the car, to get out, as it would not pay them to take the chance of escaping an accident. When making about 30 miles an hour the driver saw the street car about to cross his course, and before he could slacken his speed the impact came. All three were catapulted over the dashboard, Chief Smart being the most seriously hurt. The front of his auto was smashed. Physicians found the ligaments of the chief’s right knee had been ruptured. Two scalp wounds had been occasioned by contact with broken glass, and his face was cut in several places. Reginald Tapper, driver of the chief’s car. had both legs badly injured. On his left leg, midway between knee and ankle, a patch of flesh 2 inches square had been torn out. leaving the bone exposed. The injury to the other leg was in a similar position, but not of such a serious nature. Several minor injuries, in the way of cuts and bruises were in evidence on his face and body. Assistant Chief Carr was the luckiest of the trio. His right hip and right knee were bruised, and while he suffered much pain, his recovery is only a matter of days.