[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0179]

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Catapulting 240 feet down a roadside ditch, this old sedan rammed into a bridge abutment near Wheatland early Saturday, resulting in critical injuries to two persons." Two Oklahoma City residents were critically injured, and a highway patrol trooper narrowly escaped death early Saturday in related incidents connected to a one-car crash near Wheatland. Being treated at Mercy hospital are Lee Edmond Moore, 39, of 1101 SW 17, and Georgia Harding 31, of 2122 SW 11. Moore and the Harding woman were injured when their 1949 sedan shot off ... continued below

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Creator: Unknown. September 27, 1958.

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Catapulting 240 feet down a roadside ditch, this old sedan rammed into a bridge abutment near Wheatland early Saturday, resulting in critical injuries to two persons." Two Oklahoma City residents were critically injured, and a highway patrol trooper narrowly escaped death early Saturday in related incidents connected to a one-car crash near Wheatland. Being treated at Mercy hospital are Lee Edmond Moore, 39, of 1101 SW 17, and Georgia Harding 31, of 2122 SW 11. Moore and the Harding woman were injured when their 1949 sedan shot off SH 152, careened 240 feet out of control down a bar-ditch and rammed head on into a concrete bridge. They both suffered head and chest injuries, multiple lacerations of the scalp and face and internal injuries. X-rays were being taken to determine extent of injuries. Both were pinned in the car, although Moore managed to extricate himself, and climb back to the road. He said that several motorists passed him before he could get one to stop and then call an ambulance. The Harding woman was rescued from the car by Oklahoma scout car officers Ray LeGrande and Larry Frankford, who offered assistance when they intercepted a radio massage that a patrol had crashed into a ditch. Highway Patrol trooper Red Arthur, en route to the crash scene, was forced to steer his patrol unit headlong into a ditch to avoid crashing into a drunk driver riding down the middle of the highway with his bright lights on. "It was either hit the ditch or be killed," the veteran trooper said at Mercy Hospital. "I was traveling code 3 (red lights, spotlight and siren working), and that guy was right in the middle of the road. I couldn't have stopped or missed him under any circumstances without taking off for the ditch." Arthur said his patrol unit slid into the shallow ditch, skidded more than 75 feet and rammed into a mud bank. The force of the slide completely mired the unit, and Arthur was powerless to do anything about it until a motorist came along and pulled the patrol car out. The driver of the other car failed to stop to see if he could offer assistance, and Arthur was unable to get a tag number or other identification on the car. At the spot where the Moore car rammed into the bridge the roadway spans a creek-bed almost 20 feet deep. The old model sedan, in which the injured pair was riding, leaped through the air, slammed into an abutment, bounced back into the other abutment, and flipped over on it's side."

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Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection

The Oklahoma Publishing Company, the parent company of many prominent Oklahoma newspapers, amassed a significant collection of photographs that span more than a century. The wide variety of photographs accompanied stories in the newspapers.

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[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0179], photograph, September 27, 1958; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc207175/: accessed November 13, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.