Holyoke Mill Man Hurt

by Laurel | April 26th, 2010

April 26, 1906

John E. Clark, Manager of the George R. Dickinson Paper Mill, Run over by Automobile and Hip Dislocated.

John E. Clark, of Hampden street in Holyoke, manager of the George R. Dickinson division of the American writing paper company, was struck by an automobile owned and driven by Charles W. Lawler, also of Holyoke, between 1 and 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon on Main street in that city. He was knocked down and run over by the machine. Mr. Lawler promptly stopped the auto and Mr. Clark was picked up and taken to his home on Hampden street, where he was attended by Dr. L. H. Clark. Mr. Clark suffered a dislocation of the right hip and it was reduced by Drs. Clark and Henderson last evening under ether. It will be several weeks before Mr. Clark will be able to resume active work again. He is considered lucky to get off so easily and especially that there was no fracture of the hip, which might have been a permanent injury.

The accident happened a little before 2. Mr. Clark was on his way to the ill office and stepped off a street railway car near the corner of Main and Sergent streets. Charles W. Lawler in his automobile was following after the car on the same side of the road and not far behind.

According to eye-witnesses, Mr. Clark seemed to think that the auto was too close to him and tried to cross in front of it. One of the lanterns upon it struck him and them threw him in the path of the machine, which ran over him as he lay upon the pavement. Mr. Lawler afterward said that if he had stopped the car within the space that it was possible to stop at, he would have stopped it upon Mr. Clark’s body, so he drove over it and then stopped it. Mr. Clark was picked up and taken at once to his home and medical aid summoned. His right knew was also severely injured, though there was no fracture. The accident is likely to prove the more serious to Mr. Clark, as he has been ill during the past year of two; but he stood the shock and the reduction of the dislocation very well last night.

From The Springfield Republican.

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