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JRoberts
04-19-2011, 03:12 PM
I had heard that there were folks in South Bend that were upset because Studebaker shut down, but this is ridiculous (and a bit early).....
http://www.youngstownfire.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1285.0;attach=31945;image

http://www.youngstownfire.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1285.0;attach=31946;image

Deaf Mute
04-19-2011, 03:17 PM
Boy, that is really an OOPS. Do you suppose the '54 ran a stop sign? Where did you find those great photos ? You should send them to OLD CARS WEEKLY "Wreck of the week".

JRoberts
04-19-2011, 03:32 PM
Boy, that is really an OOPS. Do you suppose the '54 ran a stop sign? Where did you find those great photos ? You should send them to OLD CARS WEEKLY "Wreck of the week".

Got them from the HAMB forum thread entitled: "Vintage Shots from Days Gone By"

Let me warn you -- you can spend weeks going through that thread. There is another one concerning Black and White pictures before WWII that also is pretty cool and very time consuming.

Chris_Dresbach
04-19-2011, 03:35 PM
There are some old photos at the fire dept. from the '40s and '50s that show Studebakers in them. I think one of them even had a '48 that was a chief car. I'll show them these.

candbstudebakers
04-19-2011, 03:54 PM
No big deal only a sedan.

BubbaBear
04-19-2011, 04:01 PM
Anybody know the owner? It looks totaled but there’s at least one grill, two taillight assembly's, a rear bumper, trunk lid, an engine, etc………

BobPalma
04-19-2011, 04:09 PM
Anybody know the owner? It looks totaled but there’s at least one grill, two taillight assembly's, a rear bumper, trunk lid, an engine, etc………

It's a safe bet the owner is, well, deceased...and was that very day. That's some hit; whew! BP

63t-cab
04-19-2011, 04:46 PM
Gee if we got rid of all sedans I wonder how big the SDC would be then ?
No big deal only a sedan.

jclary
04-19-2011, 04:50 PM
It's a safe bet the owner is, well, deceased...and was that very day. That's some hit; whew! BP

That would be a logical assumption from the angle of that hit. Even in todays cars with door supports and side air bags, the survival of a hit from the side like that is questionable.

2R5
04-19-2011, 04:52 PM
It would be a safe bet that the driver died in that crash.....I bet the truck ran the red light not the car .

Pat Dilling
04-19-2011, 05:32 PM
Perhaps the Stude driver did not yield to the emergency vehicle. Might have knocked him or her right out the passenger door since it was the time before seat belts.

KJongenburger
04-19-2011, 05:47 PM
Now would this be an SBFB?

a "South Bender Fender Bender" ?

62champ
04-19-2011, 07:05 PM
Maybe the radio was turned up too loud...

Had a relative who got knocked out the passenger door of a '52 Studebaker after getting t-boned back in the 50s - ended up on the street ... front seat and all ...

barnlark
04-19-2011, 08:33 PM
I decided to go on a search to see if I could find a story to go with that picture. Since I didn't know the exact year, except sometime after the fall of 1953 when the 1954 models came out, I narrowed it to about a 15 year guess, even though I doubt that fire truck was in service anywhere near that late.

Sadly, I didn't find any mention of this accident. But, this South Bend Fire Department history page is teeming with Studebaker stories!! It's great, check it out. There is a gap between 1958 & 1963.

http://www.centerforhistory.org/learn-history/local-history/south-bend-fire-department-history

One story (without a Stude reference, though) was really great about a ten year coming home from school to find his house on fire and then saved every one of his small siblings with great risk to his own life. Cool story. I always wonder who a child like that turned out to be later in life. A life changing day, to be sure.

One picture can lead to many conclusions... from a bad emergency brake letting loose, then rolling in front of the fire truck without anyone in it, to one of them running a red light and someone dying immeadiately. Who knows.

I'm of the same belief as Pat Dilling; lack of a seat belt could have saved someone, too. Sure wish this one had "the rest of the story" attached.

rockne10
04-19-2011, 08:40 PM
Doesn't appear to be a Studebaker fire truck. What's up with that?

jlmccuan
04-19-2011, 09:35 PM
Once again Studebaker proves they are ahead of their time by being the first to implement side impact testing.