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 - Tot Trapped In Runaway Auto . . Two Youths Save...
Tot Trapped In Runaway Auto . . Two Youths Save Little Girl From Car Tragedy —nv Rill. Wll.lUMS— (would evacuate the premises, slart- ir.Melle Slatt Reporter) eel to leave her command ot the The quick thinking and action of,driver's seat. As she did she. pulled t ,». .«• " ...,.,.. .,...j ik^lim nn iho «teennw wheel The nres- ot being crushfd between thr their to two small boys probably saved Ihe life of a little girl Friday afternoon. Here's what happened: Two tiny girls, Attle Belle (Tootle) and Nancy Todd, ages three and four, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. BUI Todd of Hillcrest avenue, were play- In? In an automobile parted in Ihe driveway of their home. Somehow one of the children pushed the gearshift into neutral ». and Ihe vehicle rolled backwards down Ihe slight Incline inlo the o street. H rolled Inlo neighbor Bonnie Query's yard and knocked down a fence. , . In I'ne meantime, Nancy li»< crawled through a window and" jumped to the ground. Altle Belle, probably In Uilnitng thai she, loo car r, on the steering wheel. The pres- to rest ire of her body turned the wheels f the car toward the right and !»in set. It lo rolling. The children's brother. Bill Jr.. nd Eddie Wilscm, strolling through he yard, spotted the automobile as I headed down the strep, long hill, iiil ran to the car and made an eflort to get it. The door was locked. The window was down, however, and he managed to turn Ihe steer- ng whe.M to Ihe left and head It off the road. Young Todd clung tenaciously lo [he wheel and even as: the car into Ihe rock wall, he held by the impact, The car was scratched and banned up a bit. part of Ihf wall was knocked down, bin Ihe youngsters escaped unscalheci. Tt happened so fast they hjrtlly knew how much J L iasv lUFj IMIIIIJ iv^n Yi !••••• ,..--.- danger Mfld Just passed. Any or all| -r iu.« .^ni.1,4 K*\-a he«in spHnttslV ot them roulti have been seriously injured. Had the two boys not acted as they did. the car eerlainly would huve picked up lerrific momentum as It went down the incline. Thpre are houses all along the street and at the end, there is a creek. ' rr Through the ^jjl. .*,.;,_._ l_.il^ — ^i In. A c, . came on the scene. Eddie ••Wilson, action of Iwo came on the scene. e ••son, acon o , seems that his Iriend was In dangcrjprotably has been averted. Ihinkiii,

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  1. The Gastonia Gazette,
  2. 01 Sep 1951, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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