In the early 1980s I bought an old scrapbook at a flea market. The scrapbook had been kept by a Knoxville woman and I often wondered how it had ended up at a flea market. It was full of old letters, newspaper clippings, greeting cards and photographs.
Tucked inside a white envelope were two old newspaper clippings from 1931. For some reason, this story made such an impression on me, I can't forget it.
|Detail under the photo of Miss Mildred Turner. She often sang in the|
church choir and also sang at Knoxville radio stations WNOX
This event took place in 1931. Mildred Turner "slipped away Saturday with two boys for a trip to Pineville, Kentucky," according to Miss Eva Webb who roomed with her.
Edward Bayless, driver of the car, collided head on with a five-ton tobacco truck rounding a curve near Bull Run. Mildred Turner was killed and three others were injured. The article goes into gruesome detail on how the "vehicles are telescoped". I can't bring myself to write the gruesome details, maybe that is why I have never forgotten this story.
One quote I will share: We were coming toward Knoxville, about 35 or 40 miles an hour, I guess. Suddenly the oncoming headlights loomed up, somebody yelled and after that it was 'curtains' for me.
|I am going to call this article the "second" article |
in the envelope.
|The "first" article that was in the envelope.|
This "first" article describes an accident in which Bayless was a passenger in a car in which the driver was killed in a tobacco truck-automobile collision within a half mile of the accident that claimed this young singer, Mildred Turner. Here are two very similar accidents, three weeks apart within a half mile distance, each claiming a life involving a collision with a tobacco truck.
|Detail from headline, Edward Bayless is not expected to live,|
according to the newspaper.