Henrietta, Aug. 2—Sunday about three o'clock Mr. J. P. Hyder and Mr. C. Rollins barely missed death when a rear tire on Mr. Hyder's car blew out and caused the automobile to turn over. Both occupants escaped with severe bruises.
Mr. Hyder and Mr. Rollins were returning from Cliffside in the heavy downpour of rain and were descending a steep hill on Route 207 when the accident happened. Another automobile was approaching and Mr. Hyder in an effort to avoid a collision with this car, applied his brakes and the machine turned turtle.
Rear Tire Blew Out.
When seen today, Mr. Hyder said, “Yes, my new 1926 Ford Touring car turned over on Route 207, just a little way from Cliffside. Rollins was with me and we were hurrying back in a heavy rain and as we came down the hill, about thirty to thirty five miles an hour, one of the rear tires blew out.”
“Of course the car began to hop and jump about and if there had not been another car coming toward us, I think I could have prevented the accident. But I did not want to run into the automobile as there was a man and woman in it, so I took a chance and put on my brakes. At once the car turned right over and hit the roadway with a terrible bang, but there was no collision.”
Bruised on Left Side.
“I was pretty well bruised, specially on my left side and face, but I am, as you see, at work, and I am not badly hurt. Rollins had his left hand bruised. I suppose we were very lucky. The car was damaged a great deal, but more in appearance than anything else. I don't know just how much it will cost to put in shape again. Rollins was glad to take the chance I did to avoid running into the other car and possibly seriously injuring the woman and man.”
Mr. J. P. Hyder is a valued employee of Henrietta Store Number One, and he was exceedingly modest in relating the story of his accident.
This item was printed in The Sun on August 15, 1926.
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