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Fred Lynch

Car rolls off wharf, crashes into towboat

Posted Monday, March 8, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Leaving its parking place on Water Street, just north of Broadway, a 1935 Oldsmobile sedan owned by Mrs. W.L. Perkinson of Cape Girardeau on Jan. 18, 1941 rolled across the Frisco Railroad tracks, down the river levee and crashed into the wall of a U.S. Corps of Engineers towboat tied up at the Cape Girardeau riverfront.

"That's the first time I ever saw a car try to run over a boat," one member of the crew, who was standing on the boat's bridge, commented. A wrecker was called and with the aid of heavy plank runways, or skids, the car was pulled from its precarious position.

Mrs. Perkinson had left the car parked there while going to her office at the Perkinson Candy Co., 129 Water street. Belief was expressed the brakes became loosened, allowing the car to roll down the inclined street.


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  • Whoops! (rim shot)

    -- Posted by vincebrown on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 9:27 AM
  • If that's near the place where you recently ran a picture showing cars parked along the river, those drivers must have had the same problem I have...short memory.

    -- Posted by Maynard on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 2:08 PM
  • Bad time to have an accident and damage a car. A few months later, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, there were no more new cars until 1946.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 3:21 PM
  • Women drivers...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Mar 10, 2010, at 10:05 AM
  • Do you have any information if she was hurt bad in this accident?

    -- Posted by mogearjammer on Sat, Mar 13, 2010, at 4:54 PM
  • mogearjammer....take the time to read the info below the picture and maybe, just maybe you will find the answer to your question.

    -- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Mon, Mar 22, 2010, at 7:36 AM