Sacramento Record-Union 17 Aug 1899 Chas S Vose
AN OPERATOR'S MISTAKE. Comes Nearly Causing a Disastrous Railway Accident. SUISUN, Aug. 10.—What might have proved a disastrous train wreck was fortunately averted early this morning at Army Point, a short distance north of Benieia. A special freight train bound west and timed to arrive at Suisun at 2 o'clock a. m., had orders at Elmira to meet the eastern-bound freight at Benieia. This order was afterward changed, and Charles Vose, the night operator at Suisun, received orders for the eastern-bound freight train to meet the other train at the Goodyears Station instead of .at Benieia. Goodyears is located half way between Suisun and Benieia. Vose failed to give the order on the arrival of the train at Suisun. and the conductor pulled out, thinking the place of meeting was Benieia. On reaching Army Point the engineers of the respective trains observed each others' lights and instantly realized the clanger. The engines were leversed. air brakes were applied, and the engineers and firemen jumped. The trains came within close proximity without a collision. The avoidance of a disastrous collision is regarded as nothing short of a miracle. Vose states that he forgot to deliver the order, and realizing his grave mistake, at once telegraphed his resignation to the company.