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Dial 999

This is the first of four photos taken by Ted Morgan and loaned to us by Eric Johnson, I think that if an incident like this happened today the traffic would be stopped, not left to go by as though nothing unusual was happening.  By the look of the car, a Morris Minor, I think (but I know you people out there will correct me if I am wrong) the year would be  late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  Do you remember this accident?

Bryan Richardson believes: ”The car with the damaged front could have been driven by Richard Aitken or Aitkin who I think lived in Wood View?”

Malcom Covell tells us: ”Richard, (and wife Kaye and Mother) Aitken lived at no 3 Wood View. We, Covell’s, lived at no 1. Wood View. The houses were built by Knaggs  in the mid 1960′s. I do have a recollection of Richard been involved in an accident on Loftus Bank and a car catching fire. Richard started a ready mix concrete franchise.”

Image courtesy of Ted Morgan and thanks to Bryan Richardson and Malcolm Covell for the updates.

6 comments to Dial 999

  • Derick Pearson

    Second comment on this one, The car as you say correctly is a Morris Minor, If one zooms in on the shot you will see that it has a bar down the center of the screen,this was called the old split screen and was made from the late 1940s. It had an 803cc engine and sometimes an 848cc one if modified.

    The later none split screen model was called the Morris Minor 1000 and had a 998cc engine if I remember correctly. I should remember I have worked on dozens of them.

    The Minis however were not released until late 1959 so I would place this as early 1960s. Worthy of note is that the second Mini behind has the bonnet damaged. It looks as though he has ran into the back of the one in front. He could not have hit the Mini in a worse place as the Minis had the petrol tank stood vertically in the left and right Side panels in the boot. The Normal Mini having one tank and the Mini Cooper having too.

    Once he hit this vulnerable area then fuel would simply run all over and ignite as seen in the shot. The outlet pipe was also very vulnerable to breakage as it passed through the floor to the underslung pump.

  • Bryan Richardson

    I think that the car with the damaged front could have been driven by Richard Aitken or Aitkin who I think lived in Wood View.

  • Kev Hamlinton

    As Derick alreadfy says both the cars in the accident (one dented bonnet and the other on fire) are both Mini`s.

  • Richard, (and wife Kaye and Mother) Aitken did live in Wood View (no 3) We, Covell’s, lived at no 1. Wood View. The houses were built by Knaggs’s in the mid 60’s. I do have a recollection of Richard been involved in an accident on Loftus Bank and a car catching fire. Richard started a ready mix concrete franchise.

  • John Aitken

    I’m Richard Aitken’s son, and he did indeed have a near fatal accident there before I was born, maybe 1964? I was always told he ran into the back of a truck, but you know how accurate things your parents tell you are, lol.

  • John Aitken

    Checked with Mummsie and he did run into the back of a truck, but it kept going. That was his car, a Mini though rather than a Morris minor.

    I remember running through the house at No.3 woodview when it only had bare floorboards and made a lot of noise. I had was nearly 3 when we moved in so our’s must have been completed in 1968, perhaps April-ish. Aunty Muriel in No1 and Aunty Brenda (Horness) in No.5. Neither were Aunties of course, everyone was called Aunty then.

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