Accident on Jackson Hill Claims Life in 1927


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.