Sault Ste. Marie, MI Auto Accident - Drowning, Jul 1948


Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., July 24 - (CP) - Three children were drowned today when an automobile, driven by their father, swerved off a bridge at nearby Sugar Island.
The parents, MR. and MRS. GARRETT HALFADAY, of Munsing, Mich., are in hospital suffering exposure and shock. The bodies of GARRY, six, and FRANCIS, two, were recovered while police are dragging for the body of CAROLINE JEAN.
Halfaday said he lost control of the car when its wheels became stuck in loose boards on the wooden bridge. The car swerved off the bridge into 12 feet of water.
"I saw my wife free herself through the side window, but I had a terrific job opening the door," he said. "I tried to get hold of GERRY but couldn't."
"I finally managed to open the door on my side and get close to my wife, who was swimming desperately, trying to locate the children. The current is very swift at this spot. Before we knew what had happened they were out of sight."

Ottawa Journal Ontario Canada 1948-07-26