Biennial Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners of the State of Vermont Volume 8

Biennial Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners of the State of Vermont Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...sand blower. The child turned so as to face the train and in so doing moved a step or two nearer the rail. Her action was observed by a switchman who shouted to warn her. She made no movement and was struck by the fender-beam of the engine. Her position at the time was such that two steps would have taken her out of danger. The crossing whistle for this crossing was duly sounded and the bell was ringing at the time of the accident. The only question is whether the train could have been brought to a stop after the danger was discovered. The train consisted of only two cars both of which were equipped with air brakes in working order. The engineer testified that by reason of a curve in the track he did not see the child until the engine was within ten or fifteen rods of the crossing. The fireman stated that he saw the child as soon as she came within his view; that he was looking ahead and ringing the bell; that the engineer discovered her at about the same time and applied the brake. Both men state that it was impossible to stop the train before reaching the crossing. In the absence of any evidence to the contrary this is found to be the fact. The Commission therefore finds that the accident was not due to neglect of duty on the part of the railroad company or its employes; that it was occasioned by the negligence of the child. No evidence was presented to show how the child came to be at this point and until some proper reason for her presence is shown it must be considered negligence on the part of her parents to allow a child of such age to be on or about the railroad tracks. Jonathan Ross, Lavant M. Read, Henry S. Bingham, Board of Railroad Commissioners. No. 26. In Re A. Farwell. Fatal accident to trainman at Burlington, on Rutland R....
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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236772083
  • 9781236772084