Fatal Apparatus Wreck in Lexington, N. C.
Some overenthusiastic celebrant, with a twisted sense of humor, during the height of celebrating the entry of the New Year in Lexington, N. C., turned iu a false fire alarm. Result: Three firemen dead, several injured and a big fire truck wrecked. Just a few minutes before 1926 arrived two false fire alarms were turned in. Truck No. 2 of the Wenonah mill section answered and was racing down Main street. As it reached Third avenue the truck grazed the fender of an automobile driven by J. H. Thompson, of Lexington. The truck veered and turned over three times. The firemen were helpless. The dead are: Douglas C. Cope, 50; Edward Cope, 25, his son. and Howard Michael, 30. Douglas Cope and his son Edward both leave wives and children. Mr. Thompson, whose automobile was struck by the fire truck, is not held responsible, as the accident was considered unavoidable.
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