Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 9. 1965.
[reporting fatal car accidents]
Sirens Wail. The phone rings. "News Room," answers the man. An accident. The Press Man's cold fishy eyes warm a little with life as he despatches a reporter and cameraman to the scene. Good copy. Good pictures. Even poster material maybe.
But an accident means more than this. You don't usually see accident pictures in Salient. So take a look at this one, taken by our photographer Chris Black recently. Think for a moment what it might be like to be pinned under a car. Just think.
Maybe you will react a little like I did when I saw a woman killed in the middle of Lambton Quay by a power shovel.
I was upset because I had seen a life gruesomely rubbed out. Smashed out.
The Dominion was upset. Because the accident had ruined the hoped-for statistics of Pedestrian Safety Week.
Don't get like that. Take a look at the picture again.