Barbara J. Bruch, 52, housewife, died saving Laurie A. Hall, 3, from being killed by a runaway truck, Pleasant Valley, Montana, May 15, 1965. At a ranch an empty gasoline truck weighing two and a half tons was parked headed downward on sloping terrain adjoining a corral. Its brakes worked loose; and the truck coasted down the slope toward Laurie, who was standing in a six-foot space between another vehicle and the end of a branding chute extending from the corral. One of the men working at the chute noticed the situation and shouted a warning when the truck, gaining momentum, was within 40 feet of Laurie. Mrs. Bruch ran seven feet to Laurie, who was a foot from the other vehicle and directly in the truck’s path. The truck was 10 feet away when Mrs. Bruch thrust Laurie under the other vehicle. The side of the truck struck Mrs. Bruch, knocking her to the ground, and the rear wheels ran over her. The truck passed between the other vehicle and the branding chute, damaging both, and stopped 300 feet beyond. Mrs. Bruch suffered fatal injuries.
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