3 Killed In Road Crash – Lorries & Motor Cycle Collide at Warren Vale

December 1942

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 12 December 1942

Three Killed In Road Crash

Lorries and Motor Cycle Collide at Warren Vale

Three men were killed on Monday evening in a smash at Warren Vale Road, Rawmarsh.

Two motor lorries and a motorcycle were involved. The lorries were moving towards Swinton, both with heavy loads. The motorcycle was going towards Rotherham carrying two men, father and son. After the smash, the motorcycle riders were found under the wheels of the first lorry, the motor cycle being wrecked. The riders were Frederick William Webb (48), and Douglas Frederick Webb (20), of 23, Romwood Avenue, Swinton.

The body of the driver of the first lorry was found in the roadway. He was Walter G. Allen (30), of 38 Windhill Crescent, Mexborough.

The lorries were owned by Messrs Appleyard and Lumb, haulage contractors, of Conisbrough and H. Sheard, of Pontefract.

One man was injured, George Redfearn, 10, Old Hill, Conisbrough, employed as mate on one of the lorries. He was taken to Mexborough Montagu Hospital and, after treatment was allowed to go home.

Allen, who was driving the lorry owned by Messrs. Appleyard and Lumb, Conisbrough, had been in the firm’s employ for nearly four years, and was a driver of long experience. Previously he was employed an as A.R.P. ambulance driver at Mexborough. He was a married man with three children, two boys and a girl.

The two motor cyclists, Frederick William Webb and Douglas Frederick Webb, were father and son. They were journeying to their work at the Admiralty Steel Works, Jansen Street. Sheffield. The crash occurred ten minutes after they left home at 6.30 p.m.

An inquest will be held at the Council Offices, Rawmarsh’ to-day (Friday) into the causes of the accident.