1962 Car Accident
|Type of event||Accident|
|Town or locality|| Gawler
No-one Injured in Spectacular Crash
A loaded semi-trailer careered down Lyndoch hill out of control on Wednesday this week and crashed into shops on the western side of Murray Street in what was probably the most spectacular crash yet seen in Gawler.
Police and bystanders praised the presence of mind and driving skill of the semi driver after he steered the vehicle down the hill at high speed with one hand on the warning horn while attempting to change gears as well.
The driver of the semi-trailer noticed that his brakes failed on the hill road. A sedan car was following the semi and knew something was wrong, so he passed the semi and blew his horn to the bottom of the hill as a warning. He was only a few feet ahead of the speeding semi and as he entered Murray Street he turned left without hitting anyone.
The driver of the semi attempted to turn right in an effort to avoid cars and people but the vehicle overturned. The cab of the semi trailer was almost flattened and a parked car in which a man was sitting, was squashed into an almost unrecognisable shape.
Both the driver of the semi-trailer and driver of the car received cuts and shock but were otherwise uninjured.
Information from the Advertiser and the Bunyip, as compiled by Glen Curnow We believe that the man in the suit, wearing a hat, is Arthur Warhurst, the Town Clerk.