Clay, WV truck wreck, Aug 1933
DRIVER IS KILLED IN TRUCK MISHAP
W. L. Mercer Is Victim as Vehicle Overturns in Clay County
W. L. Mercer, 32 years old, of 11 Jarrett court, was instantly killed at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning when a truck he was driving overturned at the foot of Dull's creek hill, eight miles south of Clay.
Trooper C. E. Hall, who with Clay county deputy sheriffs investigated the accident, said the truck's load of 325 cases of beer evidently had shifted forward in the descent of the hill, causing the front wheels to lock against the fenders.
Mercer's neck was broken and he suffered chest injuries. His body first was taken to the J. D. Thomas undertaking establishment, at Clendenin, and later was taken on to the Bartlett morgue, in Charleston.
Mercer was driving the truck for the E. D. Frump Transportation company and was to deliver the beer to the Valley Distributing company. He had obtained his cargo at Cumberland, Md.
The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, WV 12 Aug 1933