CAR AND STEAM ROLLER SMASHED IN COLLISION
on Bread and Cheese Hill
A head-on-collision occurred between a car and a steam roller on Bread and Cheese Hill, Thundersley, on Friday morning.
The car, a grey and blue Wolseley of 16 horse-power was the property of Mr F. W. Goldsworthy of The Wood, London Road, Leigh, but no one of that name was in charge of the car, which, it is stated, had been left outside a baker’s shop some time before the collision occurred.
Shortly before 9 am on Friday it was seen passing through Hadleigh. There was a little mist about at the time and when seen descending Bread and Cheese Hill the car collided head-on with an Essex County Council steam roller, which was gradually descending the hill backwards on the near side of the road. The front portion of the steam roller was broken clean off, as shown in the photograph on this page. The front of the car was completely wrecked, and the steering gear was forced back on to the driver’s body. For a short while he remained still, while fire broke out in the engine. The latter, however, petered out, doing no damage.
Mr. Alfred Bandell, of Asquith Avenue, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, was driving the steam roller, and he was thrown against the side, grazing an arm, but the vehicle was almost stationary and weighing ten tons scarcely moved on impact. He at once busied himself extinguishing the furnace and saw the driver of the car walk off down the road, having been helped off by some passers-by.
The man, it is alleged, was later seen walking towards Pitsea, and was afterwards interviewed by the Police.
Southend Pictorial Telegraph
Friday December 24th 1937