Thomas Hunter ? The Hutchinson News(Hutchinson, Kansas) 01 Jul 1897
DISASTER' NAUHOWI.Y AVERTED. ftallH Expanded by Heat ami Torn from the Great Northern Roadbed. FisiiKit, Minn., July 1.—On ' tho Great Northern railway near this place yesterday Thomas Hunter, a section foreman, saved the westbound passenger train from being wrecked. lluDtcr and his gang had been working along the road all daj*, and were suddenly startled by seeing fully half a mile of track lifted from the roadbed and thrown Into u ditch. The weather had been intensely hot, and it is supposed that -'the rails were expanded by tho heat and finally lifted and thrown as described. Hunter knew that the westbound passenger train was nearly due and that the engineer, because of a sharp curve, would not see the gap where the track had been torn up until he was almost onto it. lie run down the trade and succeeded in reaching the curve in time to signal the train before it reached there. The air brakes were put on and the train stopped within 300 feet of the gap in the track.