Raymond Balgeman car crash

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Raymond Balgeman car crash - ANOTHER HURT IN COLLISION NEAR HOBART i John...
ANOTHER HURT IN COLLISION NEAR HOBART i John Batt & Raymond; Balgeman Victims In Collision. t el of S. to a already the* belittle and last has active to has and conceded with attendants, the last sites damage done, Raymond, 17, son of Superviaor- and Mrs. F. J. Balgeman, Whitte— more, and John, 19, son of Mr. an<& Mrs. William Batt, six miles south-west south-west of Algona, were killed Friday morning, when cars were driving collided near a cement, bridge west of the Hobarton corr- ner on the North Iowa Pike. Vernon Batt, brother of John and, a passenger in the Batt car, was.. thrown from the car by the impact: and landed nearly 25 feet away. He; was severely bruised, but other— wise unhurt, though he was a pa—- tient at the Kossuth hospital for O, day or two following the accident.,, Raymond was en route to Al— gona in a coupe to get his father,, who had attended a state meeting- of supervisors at Des Moines anel had telephoned to his home at Whittemore to ask that one of his, sons come to Algona for him. Thtt.. Batt boys were en route home front, Algona, where they had spent the. evening. Theories About Causes. How the accident happened is not, definitely known. It did not occur on the bridge, but at the east edge. This is a narrow 16-ft. bridge ot" horse and buggy times, one of only 20 left in the county. Bordering the bridge floor next, to the guard railing there is comparatively comparatively deep gravel, which* might have thrown the Balgeman. car, which had passed over the bridge when the accident happened, into the Batt car. Another possible cause was a. wash-out in the road at the east, end of the bridge. Here there wa& a depression which extended a foot, or so into the traveled part ot the road. A front wheel on the Balgeman Balgeman car may have run into this, depression and swerved the cat" sideways into the Batt car. "^JST"- No Head-On Collision. The cars did not crash head on. Their condition after the accident, indicated that the Batt car was hit. just back of the front wheel. The> Balgeman car is a wreck on tha left side, but its right wheel and right side are little damaged. Raymond was instantly killed- Apparently the upper part of his* body was crushed and his head su£— fered a heavy blow. Part of the, car's left post which held the root of the coupe was torn away, and it probably struck him on the head. The body was still in the car whea. help arrived. John Batt apparently lived a few- minutes following the accident. H& was thrown out, and his body lajc at the east end of the bridge, just off it and in the road. Besides skull and other injuries he suffered numerous numerous deep cuts and bled profusely. ' Coroner is Notified. Vernon Batt, despite injuries^ walked to the nearest farm house^ but on finding no telephone walked walked on to the Andrew Lehman farm*., where he called Algona. Dr. R. Av Evans, coroner, L. M. Merritt, andi Deputy Sheriff Casey Loss answered answered the call, and the latter notified notified the elder Mr. Balgeman, who» was sitting on a bench on tha courthouse lawn, waiting for his;, son. Vernon Batt said his brother slowed up as he approached tha. bridge, when he noticed the Balgeman Balgeman car coming. Apparently Raymond Raymond tried to get across the bridge,before bridge,before the Batt car came up. He was driving at the extreme right side of the road. Cars Badly Wrecked. The Batt car was thrown into tha air by the impact and landed withs its front wheels on the bridge floor but'with the rear end on the cement cement guard rail, hanging over th& creek. The Balgeman car careened, and ran off the road on the south, side. The Batt car, a 1927 Chevrolet, was demolished. It looked as If a, charge of dynamite had been set off under It. The top was knocked off into the creek, and the chassis^ was a mass of tvvlstsd steel,. \>.. The Balgeman car, a 1936 Ford r fared a little better, but the left- front end and wheel were smashed: in, it is believed beyond repair,, The frame was bent and other;

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  1. Kossuth County Advance,
  2. 05 Jul 1934, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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