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|Death: ||Sep. 15, 1931|
The Covington Republican, Friday, September 18, 1931
Another Tragedy on Highway 34
Two Mellott Women Lose Lives Near Layton Station, Only Truck Driver Left to Tell
A head-on collision between two light trucks on state road 34, in the dip of the road just east of Layton Station Tuesday evening fatally to Mrs. Alice Crumley, 72, and Mrs. Edward Holden, 46, both of near Mellott.
Earl Gross, of Danville, driver of a Belton Candy Company truck, with which the women's machine collided, was painfully but not seriously injured.
Mrs. Crumley died shortly after being received at Lake View hospital and Mrs. Holden died at 10:45 o'clock Tuesday night.
The two women, riding in a light truck owned and driven by Mrs. Holden were traveling eastward en-route to their homes after spending the day in Danville. They had taken a load of produce to the market lot, Mrs. Holden having invited Mrs. Crumley, a neighbor, to accompany her.
According to Gross, driver of the candy truck, the east bound truck approached him on the wrong side of the road. The impact demolished both vehicles and the candy truck almost immediately after the collision, burst into flames. From the extent of damage done, both cars must have been going at a high rate of speed. All were pinned in the wreckage of their cars which were demolished.
Gross extricated himself before the flames reached him. He went to the assistance of the two women, who were pinned in the wreckage of their truck. Several motorists stopped their cars near the scene of the accident, and helped relieve the women it is claimed, calling aid. The Crumley ambulance of this city removed the two women to Lake View hospital after first aid was rendered where they both passed away later in the evening.
Mrs. Holden's face was crushed and she suffered numerous fractures and lacerations. The left side of Mrs. Crumley's head and face was also crushed, both legs were fractured and lacerated and she suffered severe injuries to the chest.
The truck carried a considerable quantity of candy, which was destroyed by the flames that consumed the vehicle.
Mrs. Crumley was the widow of John Crumley and is survived by a daughter, Axie, at home, and a son, Monroe of Rockville, three half-brothers, Wood, Delbert and Ott Davidson, all of Mellott. She was born in Pennsylvania but had resided near Mellott for many years.
Mrs. Holden is survived by her husband, Edward Holden, who suffered a severe heart attack at Lake View hospital following the death of his wife; a son and a daughter, both residing at home. She was a native of Sweden, where she born about 46 years ago. Shortly after coming to this country, 28 years ago, she removed to the vicinity of Mellott, where she had since resided.
The funeral services for Mrs. Holden were held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at North Christian church in Mellott. Rev. J. E. Fry officiating.
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Crumley will be held this afternoon at two o'clock from the residence in Mellott, with Rev. Enos Bacon in charge.
Mrs. Crumley was an aunt of Coroner Crumley, of this city, who removed the bodies from Danville Wednesday morning to their homes.
Coroner Cole of Danville is said to have absolved any one from blame.
Created by: Freida Karen
Record added: Jul 12, 2011
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