50 years ago: Police, bystanders lift truck to rescue passengers trapped in car underneath

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, November 29, 1962:

Five New Yorkers escaped death in an incident involving a loaded tractor trailer on Route 40. The truck ran off the right side of Route 40, a mile and a half east of Edgewood, just as a station wagon was passing it. The truck started up an embankment and tipped over, landing on top of the station wagon. The passengers of the station wagon were pinned in the wreckage for half an hour before rescuers arrived on the scene. Two women riding in the back seat were able to crawl out of the wreckage. The other three passengers, all men in the front seat, had to be rescued while the tractor trailer gradually sank lower on the station wagon. More than a dozen Maryland State Police troopers, numerous fire companies and ambulances arrived to put jacks of all types in place so the trailer would not settle down any farther on the vehicle. Police, assisted by onlookers, proceeded to unload the trailer's cargo of 11 tons of baled wool in only 11 minutes. With the trailer unloaded. the remaining occupants were easily freed. All the passengers were sent to Harford Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Four Baltimoreans were arrested and charged with stealing cigarettes from supermarkets in Bel Air and Aberdeen. Bel Air Police Chief McMahan said 177 cartons of cigarettes had been recovered. Authorities believe the group, which included three men and one woman, made a series of thefts from stores along Route 40, south from the Delaware line and then over into Bel Air. The suspects were placed in the Harford County Jail and were charged with the larceny of the cigarettes from the A&P, Acme and Safeway stores in Bel Air and the A&P and Acme stores in Aberdeen.

Mayor Werner Buchal, Bob Roman, Ernest Johnson and Charles Lutz were among those at this year's town decoration lighting ceremony. The decorations in 1962 were erected by the Robert E. Friar Electric Company of Emmorton in conjunction with the Harford Sign Co. of Joppa. The Bel Air Chamber of Commerce purchased 36 large wooden tubs, complete with yule trees, which were placed on the sidewalks of Main and Bond streets in Bel Air.

State police were looking for the vandals who went on an apple throwing spree during the early morning hours. Considerable damage was done to homes and businesses. A large plate glass window at the Fork Hardware Store was broken, while two windows at the Granville Spencer residence on Fallston Road were shattered. Other complaints of broken windows were received from Fallston and Laurel Brook roads, Route 1 and Bynum Road and numerous calls from the Fallston area.

As part of American Education Week observance, Forest Hill Elementary School dedicated a circulating library for use by the students. Principal Louis S. Seidel introduced Mrs. Joseph Sansonetti, who headed a group of mothers who attended to the cataloging of almost 1,000 books for the children's use. Highlight of the program was the selection of the student who was to have the honor of checking out the first book. The honor went to Kevin Lewis, a first-grader.

After being vacant for 15 years, the Prince of Peace Chapel in Fallston, on Fallston Road near Mountain Road, would again be used for worship. The St. John's Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew was in charge of the restoration of the 1908 chapel. The chapel was originally built for people of the area who previously had to ride to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bel Air to attend services. While in Bel Air, parishioners were forbidden to leave their horses and carriages nearby while they attended church service. It was for this reason that the parishioners decided to build the chapel. For many years the chapel was under the supervision of Rev. John Yellott but after Mr. Yellott's death 15 years earlier, membership fell off and the chapel remained unused.

Bel Air's Chamber of Commerce announced its home decorating contest: "Help Beautify Bel Air at Christmas! Enter your home in the Bel Air Chamber of Commerce Home Decorating Contest." First prize: $50, second prize: $30, third prize: $20.

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