Tag: car accidents
1961 was a banner year for car wrecks in Chester. A 12-car pile up occurred at the top of Lu Shann Hill on Route 206. A snowstorm was blamed for the initial head on collision. Other cars slammed into the first two, and in an effort to avoid the growing wreck, one driver hit a guard rail. First Aid Squad member Stephen Estason of Main Street was hit on the side of his car on the way to answer the call to duty.
Four major car accidents occurred in the Chester Township area in 1961. In the first, five people were hurt when two cars collided on Ralston Road. Blowing snow blocked the vision of one driver who was then unable to see the oncoming car. Another car hit a telephone pole on Rt. 24, and a third driver lost control on North Road and was struck by a second car. The fourth accident occurred when a car struck a snow plow. Source: Observer-Tribune
The Mendham-Chester Tribune reported that John Apgar lost control of his car at the intersection of the Chester Road and Route 31, in 1937. Also in the car was David Apgar, John’s uncle, who suffered severe injuries and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
The Observer-Tribune reported in 1960 that two traffic accidents had occurred during the previous few days. Austin Conover of Mendham knocked out local power and telephone service after losing control on a curve on Ralston Road and hitting a telephone pole. Accident #2 occurred at the intersection of Route 206 and Four Bridges Road, when Marsilla Snyder of Long Valley disregarded a police officer directing traffic. Snyder advanced onto Route 206, hitting the broadside of Steven Neville, III, of Denville. No one was injured.
In 1938, the Mendham-Chester Tribune reported a car accident between a Ford Coach and a “new” Dodge on Route 31 (now 206) near Hacklebarney Road. George Mitchel of Thompson Avenue hit Marion Waldron of Oldwick when she stopped short. Waldron’s car spun and hit a fence, where it broke an iron post. A passenger in the car, Mrs. C.E. Dickinson, also of Oldwick, was treated for a broken rib.
In 1937, John Apgar lost control of his car on Route 31, past the intersection of the Chester Road, near his home. His car left the sloping road and ran into a bank. The car flipped over as a result of the crash. Passenger David Apgar, John’s uncle, was severely injured with cuts to his head. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune.
In 1937, a “slight automobile” accident occurred on West Main Street near the center of town. Mendham’s Ernest LeMonnier’s car was hit by Irvington resident “Ricco,” who misunderstood LeMonnier’s friendly wave to mean that he was signaling to turn up Mountainside Avenue. The cars were damaged by Ricco’s attempt to pass on the right, but no charges were filed. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune