Item Details

Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1958 July

Convicted Criminal Escapes From Amherst County Courthouse; Fire Destroys Apartment in Martinsville, Va.; Roanoke Valley Citizens Traffic Safety Council Recommends Safety Belts in Cars

Digital Collection

The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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Video; Online; Anchor Script; Streaming Video
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1 min., 30 sec.
Footage of the second story bathroom window at the Amherst County Courthouse from which Frank James Collins escaped after his conviction of crimes related to a 60-mile car chase; police officers patrol oncoming cars. Firefighters put out a fire that destroyed a six-room apartment and storage shed in Martinsville, Va. A young woman demonstrates the benefits of safety belts, which the Roanoke Valley Citizens Traffic Safety Council recommends to all vehicle owners.
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