|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/7/1927.
Lewis Little Killed in Smashup
State Road Maintenance Foreman Hurled to Death
Auto Accident on Jackson Hill
Lewis Little, of Mt. Zion, state road maintenance foreman, was instantly
killed on Jackson Hill, about five miles north of Grantsville, Wednesday
about noon, when the truck driven by him was struck by a heavily loaded
truck and trailer belonging to the Wesley Shows. The truck driven
by Mr. Little was hurled over a steep, rocky bank for a distance of 150
or200 feet and the driver was thrown out among the rocks. His skull
was fractured in one or more places and his body was terribly mangled and
bruised. Death was instantaneous.
Mr. Little was on his way from Grantsville to a point on the state road
where a number of men were working and he was proceeding down the Jackson
Hill slowly when the show truck caught up with him. Just what happened
then is not clear an likely will never be known. The state truck
driven by Mr. Little was hit with sufficient force to tear loose the steel
dump body with which it was equipped and the show truck and trailer was
completely demolished. The driver of the show truck was not greatly
injured beyond a few bruises and shock, but a companion and employee of
the show, Wm. Aylard, riding with him , sustained a fractured leg and other
serious injuries. He was removed to the Spencer hospital where he
now lingers between life and death.
The driver of the show truck, Zunder T. Ingram, was brought to Grantsville
and on Thursday a coroner's jury was empanelled before Justice Ben Clayton.
The jury was composed of Hagan T. Francis, Tell McDonald, Fred Roberts,
Earl Sturm, Zeke Stump and Bernard Elliott. After listening to the
evidence brought before it the jury returned a verdict stating the dead
man came to his death as a result of the accident between the trucks but
attaching no legal blame to Ingram, the driver of the show truck.
The body of Mr. Little was brought to Grantsville and prepared for burial
by Ira N. Stump & Son, local undertakers. The funeral will be
held Friday morning from the home and interment will be in St. Paul cemetery.
Mr. Little is survived by his wife and several children ranging in age
from five year to twenty-five years. He was recognized as one of
the most efficient men in the state road commission's employ, and was known
as a first class citizen in every respect. The entire community was
deeply shocked over the accident and its untimely result.