TRANSPORT: Terrible Toll

At Bell's Mill, four miles west of Gainesville, Ga., a car sped out of the black night and thudded sickeningly into the bridge. Four were killed. In Manhattan, a coupe skidded wildly across rainswept Third Avenue and bashed into a steel El pillar. Two were killed.

That night, as every night, the toll of U.S. traffic deaths mounted in its accustomed manner: four here, two there. In the past 20 years the automobile had taken more lives (652,412) than all the battles of U.S. history.

The President had called a national Highway Safety Conference,...

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