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THE ROCHDALE OBSERVER. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 1922
LOCAL CHOIR’S MISHAP
TAXI CHARGES A CHAR-A-BANC
LOCAL GENTLEMAN SERIOUSLY
The party had been for a char-a-banc excursion to Chester and New Brighton, and were returning through Manchester. As they were approaching Middleton, along the wall of Heaton Park they came into a collision with a taxi-cab traveling towards Manchester. The accounts of the accident given to the “Observer” by passengers declares that the taxi swerved across the road on to the wrong side, mounted the pavement, caught the wall, and turned nose first into the near side of the char-a-banc, which was traveling quite close to the kerb on its proper side of the road.
Happily, the party included two fully qualified ambulance men, Mr. Robert Schofield and Mr. George Holmes, and they rendered yeoman service, after the accident. Mr. Miller was carried into the Three Arrows Hotel, in Middleton Road, which stands close to the point at which the accident occurred. A telephone message was sent to the nearest hospital, the Manchester Jewish Memorial Hospital, Cheetham Hill, and they at once sent an ambulance carriage. In this Mr. Miller was conveyed to the hospital, where he still lies.
OTHER PASSENGERS BRUISED
Miss Niven was badly cut about the face and neck and is suffering from shock. She was taken to the Three Arrows Hotel and a telephone message was sent to the family doctor, Dr. G. W. Mackichan, who immediately drove over and after dressing Miss Niven’s injuries brought her home in his car. On enquiry at her home yesterday we were informed that she is progressing favourably, though still confined to bed.
Miss Niven’s brother was sitting on the front seat, next to Mr. Donald Miller, and escaped unhurt by great good fortune. No other members of the party were injured, but naturally all were greatly upset and suffering from shock. Another char-a-banc was procured from Middleton, and in this the party returned to Rochdale. In consequence of the accident there was a very small choir at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday.
CHAR-A-BANC DRIVER’S STATEMENT
The driver of the char-a-banc, Wilfred Trippear, who is employed by Charas (Rochdale) Limited, states that he was traveling at about ten miles per hour when the accident occurred. He saw the taxi-cab coming towards him and it swerved across the road to the wrong side and crashed into his rear side. The char-a-banc was traveling on its proper side of the road, and there was ample room for the taxi to pass on its right side.
A PASSENGER’S STORY
Of the four occupants of the taxi, who were Manchester people, two were cut about the head and face, but only was so seriously injured as to be detained at the hospital. This woman, Mary Sullivan (23), a waitress, of upper Moss Lane, Manchester, was sufficiently recovered to be discharged from hospital yesterday.
MR MILLER’S CONDITION