30 April 2017–The 117th anniversary of the death of Casey Jones   Leave a comment

Jonathan Luther “Casey” Jones was killed on 30 April 1900 when he died in a train wreck.  He was the engineer on a train that left Memphis, Tennessee, 75 minutes behind schedule and arrived at its destination, Vaughn, Mississippi, only 2 minutes late.  Unfortunately, when he arrived at his destination he was told to go on a track upon which there was an idled (and empty) train.  Because of a curve and fog, Jones only saw the train too late.  He told his fireman to jump off the train, but he stayed on the train, reversed his throttle and slammed on his airbrakes, thereby saving all the passengers on his train. Legend has that when his body was pulled from the wreckage (he was the only fatality) his hands were still clutching the whistle and the brakes.

 

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Posted May 1, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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