Crash Damages Durham Aerial—Three Injured
Three Durham, N.C. firemen were injured, none seriously, when an aerial ladder of the department hit a bridge railing and narrowly escaped dropping into the ravine spanned by the Avondale Ave. bridge. The apparatus, which was damaged to the extent of about $4,000, came to rest with the engine hanging in mid-air.
The truck driver, J. C. Lockamy, reportedly made a close turn to avoid a passing car which had pulled to one side of the bridge. When the crash came he was seated beside the captain, J. A. Letzing who was thrown from the apparatus. The driver, with Fireman L. M. Christian, remained on the vehicle, but suffered sprains and bruises. The Captain suffered a badly bruised thigh.
The truck was following two pumpers at the time of the alarm, which was for a short-circuited electric stove, according to Fire Chief C. L. Cox. The speed of the apparatus at the time was said to be between 15 and 20 miles per hour. No damage was done the private auto, nor were charges preferred.
Happening as it did on a Sunday noon, on a busy thoroughfare, the accident attracted crowds of spectators.