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Springfield, MA Freight Yard Accident, Jun 1907


Brakeman Thought Car Would Overturn and Leaped.

William H. Whalen, a brakeman employed by the Boston and Albany railroad, was seriously hurt late yesterday afternoon by jumping from a car which was being switched in the local freight yard. The car collided with another one, the forward trucks leaving the rails and the end being crushed like an eggshell. Evidently Whalen thought the car would overturn, as he jumped to the track below. He sustained a badly-sprained ankle and severe bruises and contusions about the right shoulder, and will be laid up for several days.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 21 Jun 1907

article | by Dr. Radut