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The Rushden Echo & Argus, 12th July 1940, transcribed by Jim Hollis
A Spectacular Crash

Nasty Surprise For Office Workers - Man’s Narrow Escape

A spectacular accident occurred in High-street North, Rushden, at midday on Wednesday, though fortunately no person was seriously hurt.

A horse, which was attached to a milk cart belonging to the Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society, took fright when outside Messrs. John White’s Shirley-road factory. There were two men on the cart, Mr. W. Adley, of Wymington, and Mr. H. Neal, of Washbrook-road, Rushden, and finding they were unable to control the horse they leaped off when passing the Police Station.

When the horse and cart reached the junction of the Shirley-road and High-street North the weight of the cart prevented the horse from turning, and it smashed into the wall of Mr. Robert Marriott’s offices.

Those who were working in the offices were startled when milk bottles crashed through the windows. One of the employees Mr. W. Johnson, 222, Wellingborough-road, Rushden, who was standing near the wall, barely had time to step back into the building. His bicycle was wrecked.

While the wreckage was being cleared from the roadway traffic was diverted. At the police station treatment was given to the two men who had been on the cart, as both suffered from minor cuts and bruises. The horse was badly injured and had to be shot before being removed.

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