South Fork, CO Auto Wreck, Jun 1938

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MAN SAVES 8 PEOPLE FROM CAR IN WATER.

South Fork, Colo., June 23.----(AP)---Five children and three women were rescued uninjured today from an automobile which plunged off the Wolf Creek pass highway into the turbulent south fork of the Rio Grande river.

W. R. Wharton, Alamosa truck driver, saw the car when it collided with another machine and tumble into the stream, with water reaching nearly to the top of the closed windows.

Wharton stripped and swam to the machine. One by one he took the children and women from the car, tying a rope about each one. Those rescued were May Porterfield, 19; Mrs. Frank Barker, and her children, Alice, 2, Walter, 4, Joan, 6, Betty, 8, and Bonnie 9, all of Durango, and Alice Franks, 21, Tiffany.

The Helena Independent, Helena, MT 24 Jun 1938