1896-08-05 FARR EDWARD BLAME FOR TRAIN COLLISION
FARR WAS TO BLAME Efidenca Pots the Accident on the Dud Engineer. INQUEST WILL BE A LONG ONE Atlantic City's Horrible Collision Will Be Made Clear. CORONER U1AU6HLIN SEARCHING CLOSELY Railroad Officials Are Watching the Developments Keenly Jury Composed of Intelligent Men. Atlantic City V J August 4 The In- quest by Coroner McLaughlin into the deaths resulting from the collision between the Reading railroad express and the Bridgeton excurs on tr iin on the West Jersey railroad on the meadows last Thursday evening began yesterday. The greater part of the testimony heard was In explanation of the workings of the block signal system Coroner McLaughlin Is be ng assisted In conducting the inquest b Prosecutor Pleas Perry. who has undertaken the task of questioning the witnesses Both the railroad cojnpan.es are repre er ed by counsel at the hearing and United States Senator Sew all v ce president of the West Jersey railroad and George W Bo\d assistant general pas ei g .r agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company came here from Cape Mc in a special tra n to listen to the evidence Besides. both companies have stenographers taking the testimony with an t e tar use in probable damage suits Superintendent Da ton of the West Jer sej who was absent from Atlantic City at the time of the accident presented in an able way for the benefit of the jun the nerforrinrs of the Mock s stem as a safe guard against coil Mons but was force 1 to admit that Its i erfcU working depends upon infallible human hem- Superintendent Pie e of the Reading appeared ai thing hut a happy witness and staved off answering embarrassing que tions as long ns he could and then hnallv admitted that express trains ire run at nearly full steed ii approaching a grade cross ng if the are onto tiv it the -fnxl to go ahead the rules of the conijnnj expl citlj slate that trains appio i hing a crossing shall be under such control that they can stop with n 1 feet of such .rowing It would seem that the rule Is not strictly observed in the 1 erce competition for business Nicholas 1 ong day operator at the tow er at the cross rg e l the aitident as he was on h s v\ i\ home from work He stated that the clear signal was given to the excursion tra n and the danger s gnal set for the express but gave It as his opinion that this as unusual as express trains on the Reading ire usuall given the right of wa\ over all tra ns on the \\Test Jersey owng to priority of track occupations U Is probable that the inquest will last until \\edne da and ma even continue over 111 Thursday. All the victims of the wreck in the anl- tanum are doing well and there are now hopes that all ma lit matel recover Interest In the case row centers in the inquest The jur is composed of repre- sensitive business men of the c t and is made up as fo.lows Foreman Charles Evans president of the Atlantic City National bark ex Count Clerk Lew Is Evans x Levi Albertson C E Vdams grocer Thomas J Dickerson merchant aid City Hill Commhs oner John B Cha-npior Afternoon Session of the Jury. The testiiinmj 1 rou ht out toda seems to fix the d rect rtsponsibilit for the accident upon the dead engineer of the Read- Irt railroad express Ldward Farr From the testimony Farr s action in running at a speed of fort -fl\e mitt's an hour i ast a danger signal seems nexpllcable and as the man is dead the reason for it will probably never be known Farr is given the reputation of having been an experienced engineer and a man of except onally high mo-al cnaracter and not of a reckless or careless disposition Only two weeks previous to thn accident his train was signaled to stop at th s very crossing and he prompt brought his train under control One witness today Conductor Pinkerton. of the express that Farr saw the signal set at the crossing for he heard him g ve the signal in reply to notify the towerman that he had the signal a blast of his whistle Conductor P'nkerton intimate rather than charged that the sig- n il -was suddenly changed on Farr as he 'heard the whMIe blow furiously in a moment again for v I at he took to be another signal blast Stilt this witness was forced to admit that when he looked from the .platform of the car the Danger signal was set and this post on of the stnutphore was corroborated b every other witness It wai shown that -\rr m ide ever effort to stop his train i T hen he saw the coming collison and s ICC H lid in reducing Its speed from fortj live miles an hour to fifteen in a few hundred feet. He ml ht have jumped after putting on the air brakes and reversing his engine hut he died with his hand on the lever of his engine Tower Operator George F Hauser who set the signals told a stialghtforwurd story as to the positions of the e and declared that he did not move the signals on the Reading line from where they were set when he entered the tower which was at danger but only moved those on the West Jersey road to a clear track \\itnesses testified that it la usual to give a first class expross ht of wu on railroads over excursion trains and that Ilau- ser did an unusual thing in giving the latter the right of wa faflll as the danger sign&l was set for him I arr should have stopped even if it was usual for his train to get the night of wa Fireman Holla'ian of the express testified that he d d not see the signals until the train was within twent five fe t of the d slant signal and it was then set at danger He knew nothing of Farr's s action as he could not see him from his side of the cab across the top of the boiler and saved his own lie by runn ng back to the tender Engint r Creiner of the excursion tra n testined that he sot a dear signal and went over the trucks at the crossing at toe rate of thirty miles an hour He did not notice the express particularly until it was nearly on top of his train as he was at- tertlvely watching for his signals and sup- Posed the express would stop at the danger " nl The inquest will probably not le con 'uded M in Uiursoay 1 at as of do I rn a In Horible Colsion WU1e Clea. .COROHE I'LUGHLN SERCHING Rairoad Offical Are Deveopments Keenly Intelfgent "aUc .1. 4..The Quet cLughln resultng colsion ralroaJ curs'on train Jlrey rairoad mladows jlater par tlstlmony hear W8 explanaton sinal McLu hln being assste con lcting by lfrr .ho undetaken winesses. rilad cOnpan'Nf represenced eunsel hlarln/ Unit Id Stat s Sewal. vct rairod. W. Ilstant passenger Rairoad 11) train lsten' evldtnce. BtsUes. bth ha\ stlnOraphers tmony wi th t e 'suits. Dayton wa Atantc tme jUr thl bOCK systcm 'safe- g d' n coions b't 'admi perteet infallhle heings. 'e. o anything d ot ques- tons fnaly admited ful slee. gi\n ahe d. As expIctl statt approaching a shal un,1tr wlthn 1' e(1 o ero.- stricty tierce competton ichola Long. crossing aL' ident h.s way cear tran se I I was are' usualy gven way al. trans st occup tons. I wl unti Wednesday may e conlnue Al vitms wel. and al may ultimately Irterest Inquest l c'ty l'oreran Atantc Clt cx.Countr Lewis "x-Post astfr \daltS groctr J. H31 Commissioner U. Afteroon Sssion Jur. Tht testIvny Irough t Oi t today stems fx drect' n'sponsibity In\ rairoad testmony Far's 'e mies past dager Jnexplcable t e r-ason wi krown. rerfaton exceptonaly th. acci ent th's promptly control s tday Conductor that th g.\t signal-a whiste. 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