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Milk truck hits barbershop

Posted Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 6:00 AM

March 2, 1953 Southeast Missourian

Plunging into a barber shop at Delta, a truck driven by Lawrence R. Davis of Cape Girardeau knocked a wall into the shop Sunday morning. Owner of the shop, Orville Duncan, surveys the damage. Railroad tracks threw the vehicle out of control. Slick pavement also was believed to be a contributing factor in the accident. Nobody was injured. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Cape Milk Truck Hits Barbershop

A milk truck driven by Lawrence R. Davis, 29, of 1307 North Spanish street, missed a curve at Delta at 5:55 a.m. Sunday and crashed through the wall of a barber shop.

Orville Duncan, owner and operator of the shop, was asleep in quarters in the rear of the building where he lives with his wife and three children.

The truck knocked the wall flat into the shop, scooting a stove across the room to the opposite wall. The truck overturned, demolishing the front undercarriage and doing other damage to the vehicle.

Mr. Davis was making milk pickups from farmers in the area. He had five full cans of milk in the truck and a load of empties.

The vehicle swerved out of control when it went over railroad tracks crossing the highway. Instead of negotiating a curve to the right, the truck went left, striking the shop.

State Highway Patrol Trooper I.E. Beard cited Mr. Davis for failure to have a chauffeur's license and for improper identification on the truck. State law requires that the name and address of owners and weight of trucks be painted on the cab, the trooper pointed out.

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Looks as though the truck was hardly damaged, the headlight isn't even broken - to crumple or not to crumple, that is the question.

-- Posted by semowasp on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 6:46 AM

If the vehicle doesn't crumple, then the full force of the impact is transmitted to the passenger.

I'd rather crumple the metal.

Note the spiderwebbed windshield? I imagine that was caused by someone's head in those pre-seatbelt days.

-- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 9:14 AM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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