Borger Daily Herald (Borger, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 190, Ed. 1 Sunday, July 2, 1944 Page: 3 of 8
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Sunday, July 2, 1944
I Ht BORGER (TEXAS) DAILY HERALD
Pictures Reveal Mystery Of Canadian Bridge Disaster
Borger citizens art it ill puzzling over the Canadian Rivet-
bridge freak accident June 25. when William Verbon Clark.
42-year-old gasoline truck driver from Lipscomb county, was I
These pictures, furnished the Daily Herald by C. W. Gragg, j
along with a detailed description of the accident---pieced to-1
gether ft on; tccounts by Sheriff Dale Lane, hi, helpers
County Commissioner Fritz Thompson, and other officials
and witnesses—muv serve to solve what might be termed,
"The Mystery of Canadian River Bridge.'
Here is the account with which
most officials concu red:
Entering the first spun of the
bridge on highway 117, goiiv
north, Clark followed a J. J. Har
rington and Son truck and trailo
driven by Cecil B Shannon,27.
As Shannon'; truck entered the
bridges second spun, Clark a lie;,
edly attempted to pass it. Seem
a passenger cur approaching from
the north, he is . aid to have swe
ved to the right to prevent a col-
lision, hitting Shannon’s traitor
and crashing it into the span sup-
Some accounts say Clark jump
ed from the cab of bis truck is
the spun collapsed; others that he
had time to leave the vihicle be
fore the support actually gave
way. At any rate, he fell into the
river bed, his truck falling over
him. crushing the driver in in-
"If Clark had remained in the
truck, he may never have been
killed," was Sheriff Dale Lane,
Shannon was safe, with the cab
of his truck securely on the sec-
ond span when the first span col-
TOMMY ALLEN FRITH
Tommy Allen Frith, son of Wil-
liam H Frith, 710 S Main, h is
been promoted to the rank of cor-
poral with the Fifth Army in li- lapsed, but the trailer arid math
aly, where he is serving as a
wireman and telephone operator
with the 45th "Thunderbird" Di-
vision. the war department ha
Overseas with the Field Ari.il
inery of the Harrington trucit
were also dumped in the river bed
Traffic between Borger and
] Stinnett has been routed by way
of the Plemons bridge since the
| day of the accident, but a ford.
lery since June. 1043. Frith has prepared by the county just b-
also seen action m the invasion H™ lht' bnd«e' V“ popular u'-''
of Sicily. He was employed by |
Phillips as a pumper before en j
tering the service.
South Africa has the highest
birtli rate of the British Empire,
averaging 25.6 per thousand popu-
XECT PEIROLEUN JfllY THIS WAY
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y~P'ji lowl? SBrt
The county is keeping a stand-
by team to assist cars and empty
trucks," Fritz Thompson announ-
ced The State is not responsible
for the crossing, and it is being
maintained through the courtesy
of the county for local traffic.
However, each driver of a vehicle
crosses at his own risk.”
Emphasizing that Canadian K
ver bridge is a state bridge, ser-
ving state highways 117 and 152.
and out of the county’s .iurisdic-
View of the Greater United Shows, now exhibiting on North
Main Street under the combined auspices of the American Legion
and the Texas State Guard.
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Back On 165 Mile
This picture is a key to the nature of the unusuii accident. Here it can be seen where the trailor
crashed into the bTidge support, causing the collarse. Driver Shannon's narrow escape is apparent
in this picture.
By JOHN F. CHESTER
ROME, July 1 —-i/Pl—The Ger-
man lines fell back tonight all
along the 165-miles Italian front
'under blows of the fifth and
j eighth armies marching on the
j prize cities cf Livorno (Leghorn),
: Florence and Ancona.
The fifth army beat back a
tank-Ld counterattack and fought
into the outskirts of Cecina, on
the Tyrrhenian Sea Coast only 20
miles belt w Livorno.
The French of the fifth army
fr.ught a mile though the moun-
tain: to within six miles of Siena,
.1 highway center 31 miles below
Florence. British, south African
and Indian troops in the center
moved up both the east and west
shorts of Lake Trasimenc against
The eighth on the east crossed
the Shienti River — a barrier
which had blocked its advance for
several days—and the Germans
fell back toward a line along the
Musone River, 10 miles from the
Adnatic port of Ancona.
While U. S. troops fought for
Cecina, other American units
cii ssc-d the Cecina River thiee
miles to the northeast, partly out
flanking this town of 10,000 popu-
lation. Advance elements were
only 17 mik>s from Livorno.
Another column coming around
on the town from the southwest,
reached the Cecina River where
it I lows into the sea and was met
by mortar and small arms fire,
j The British on the wset shore
| of the Lake advanced up almost
I its entire length, and took the vil-
lage of Gracciano.
On the east shore, Indian troops
captured Monte Del Lago. halfwey
,up the lake, and cleared the ene-
my from the town of Magione to
the east. A number of prsioners
Further east other troops reach-
ed Corciano, six miles west of Eru-
gia, and another force advanced
a:- far as five miles north of that
The communique of the Medi
terranean Allied Air Force said
1,600 sorties were flown yesterday
and considerable bombing strength
was thrown against railway brid-
ges, tunnels and viaducts north of
Florence in an effort to ensnurl
Napoleon was only 53 when he
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Phillips, J. C. Borger Daily Herald (Borger, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 190, Ed. 1 Sunday, July 2, 1944, newspaper, July 2, 1944; Borger, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth736650/m1/3/: accessed September 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hutchinson County Library, Borger Branch.