Local Men Close Call in Auto Mishap apr28,1921 Scranton Republican
LOCAL MEN HAYE CLOSE CALL IN AUTO MISHAP Jump for Lives When Lehigh Valley Express Hits Car Four scranton men had a narrow escape from death or s - nous Injury - esterday morning at o:,10 o'clock when the automobile In which 'hey weru rid ing was struck bv n Lehigh Valley ex press train on the Mountain Top cross, ing. three miles from Wilkes - Barre. Dr. S. E. Weber, superintendent of chools, Dr. Thomas B. Rodham, presi ont of the school board; W, C. Brun - Ing, another school director, and Pat rick O'Boyle. of 333 Dupont court, who conducts an auto service were the occi - pants of the machine, which was de molished In thecollijion after the men had Jumped as the express train bora down on them. The party nad been to Harrisburg In O'Boyle's machine and left Tuesday nignt to return to this city.. The condition condition of the roads was not the best, and the party made slow progress. Leaving Hazjetsn, Dr. Weber took the wheel, and as the Mountain Top cross - Ing was reached, a freight train was standing on the' second of three tracks. The car started over the crossing, when trainmen yelled to the men to look out for another train. Dr. Webor, believing that the train was coming on the third, or far track, swung far around on the first track, as the engine engine headlight flashed on the machine. The two school directors Jumped, but Dr. Weber tried to back, the machine off hte track. He and Mr. O'Boyle are said to have leaped when the train was only 40 feet away from the auto.