[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0555]

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Colleen Marie Smith and Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thompson survive plunge. Shawnee, Aug. 17-(Special)-Two teen-age Shawnee girls, non-swimmers, escaped possible death here Thursday night after their car plunged off a county bridge into the muddy water of the North Canadian river. The two girls, Colleen Marie Smith, 18, and Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thompson, 16, sisters, crawled through an open window and escaped with only minor scratches. They were assisted to the bank by several unidentified men who were fishing nearby. Car Plunges Off Bridge The car landed on the driver`s side in about five feet of water. Most of the last four or five months, the river has been bank-full and has had a swift current. But the last two weeks it had fallen four or five feet. If the river had been at the higher level, several feet of water would have covered the car. Mrs. Thompson said she was driving the car across the bridge, which is about a half mile east of Shawnee. She said the car slipped off the plank runners which are on the bridge flooring. When she tried to bring the car back up on the runners she lost control. The car plunged off one side of the bridge-there was no guard rail on this end-and "we thought we were gone," Mrs. Thompson said. Both Lucky, Unlucky At one time almost hundred spectators were gathered at the scene. The car was hauled out of the water about two hours after the accident. The girls considered themselves lucky to get out alive. But they also thought they were unlucky. The car, given to Mrs. Thompson only a month ago by her husband who is in Korea, was almost a total loss. And to top it all off. Mrs. Thompson was charged with driving without a license."

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): United States - Oklahoma - Pottawatomie County - Shawnee
Creation Date: August 17, 1951
Collection(s):
Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 10
Past 30 days: 0
Yesterday: 0
Creator:
Unknown
Date(s):
  • Creation: August 17, 1951
Coverage:
Place
United States - Oklahoma - Pottawatomie County - Shawnee
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Date
August 17, 1951
Description:

Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Colleen Marie Smith and Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thompson survive plunge. Shawnee, Aug. 17-(Special)-Two teen-age Shawnee girls, non-swimmers, escaped possible death here Thursday night after their car plunged off a county bridge into the muddy water of the North Canadian river. The two girls, Colleen Marie Smith, 18, and Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thompson, 16, sisters, crawled through an open window and escaped with only minor scratches. They were assisted to the bank by several unidentified men who were fishing nearby. Car Plunges Off Bridge The car landed on the driver`s side in about five feet of water. Most of the last four or five months, the river has been bank-full and has had a swift current. But the last two weeks it had fallen four or five feet. If the river had been at the higher level, several feet of water would have covered the car. Mrs. Thompson said she was driving the car across the bridge, which is about a half mile east of Shawnee. She said the car slipped off the plank runners which are on the bridge flooring. When she tried to bring the car back up on the runners she lost control. The car plunged off one side of the bridge-there was no guard rail on this end-and "we thought we were gone," Mrs. Thompson said. Both Lucky, Unlucky At one time almost hundred spectators were gathered at the scene. The car was hauled out of the water about two hours after the accident. The girls considered themselves lucky to get out alive. But they also thought they were unlucky. The car, given to Mrs. Thompson only a month ago by her husband who is in Korea, was almost a total loss. And to top it all off. Mrs. Thompson was charged with driving without a license."

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PublishDate: 8-17-1951 Times

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1 photograph

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Keyword(s): Accidents | Auto | U.S | 1951 | newspaper photographs
Added Title: Colleen Marie Smith And Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thompson Survive Plunge.
Partner:
Oklahoma Historical Society
Collection:
Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: 2012.201.B0052.0555
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc193052
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image