Railroad accident Frank Daughenbaugh

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Railroad accident Frank Daughenbaugh - HELD RE JURY VISITS SCENE OP ACCIDENT, AND...
HELD RE JURY VISITS SCENE OP ACCIDENT, AND INSPECTS FROQS AND SWITCHES. INQU15ST HKIJ) TO DETKKMINE O.VV8E OP HEN11Y H. WAU- NEU'S DEATH. Testimony of Eye Witnesses nnd Fellow Workmen Not Satisfactory the Jury — Verdict Returned This Morning. io The inquest called to inquire into the death of the late Henry Warner, who was killed in the Wallace yards Sunday morning, was held last evening at the court house. The evidence of a number of ^yitne9sep was taken during the evening, and this morning the jury went to Che scene where the young man received his injuries. They found that the frog of switch No. 4 is seven-eights of an inch narrower than the same frog at switch No. 3 at the beginning of the protection block, making it possible for n man's foot, to be caught in No. 4 frog, while he could release his foot readily from No. 3 frog. They also found No. 4 frog to be in exceedingly bad order, the ties were old and springy, and found that the protection block in frog No. 4 was smaller than the block in frog No. 8. The verdict of the jury is as follows: "We find that the deceased came to his death by being knocked down by I. C. freight car No. 21 891 nnd run over by the west eno trucks of the same car pushed by I. C. switch engine No. 429, in the Wallace yards at a point in the. vicinity of NOB. 4 and 5 frogs, his foot being caught in No. 4 frog. The deceased's death taking place at about 10:10 a. in., April 7, 1907, at the place where he was injured. We further find that the condition of frog No. 4 to be imperfect, and did not offer proper and reasonable protection to the deceased while in the preformance of his duy as switchman. Signed. BOYD HTLI,, Foreman. OTTO WAGNER, JOHN HAKPSTKR, CHAKLKS MCNAMAKA, EDWARD BENOSTON. K.OY K. FARWKLI;." Fred Altenbern, a switchman, who was of the same crew as the deceased, was the first witness called. He stated that he had been in the employ of the Illinois Central for thirty-three years and six months'* ontinulng, he said: "We were making up a train for the south on track 4, number 4. At the time of the accident we were shoving cars toward track number 5. Mr. Warner went in between two cars to make the uncoupling. I saw that he did not make the cut when between the cars, and the next thing that I saw wa* when he was down at the frog of number 4 switch. I think that he got his foot fast in the frog of the switch when attempting to make the cut. The cars shoved him along to switch number 5 and a pair of trucks of a freight car ran over the body. The points of number o switch caught him. When the cars were stopped he was under the middle of tho car. This happened at about. 10:10 o'clock in the morning, at the east end of Wallace yards. I was an eye witness to the accident. I was on the right hand side of the track leading to the main line and on the north side of tho main line, and about twenty feet back of Mr. Warner and between tracks number 4 and 5 when the accident, happened. There were nineteen cars in the train that we were handling, and the engine was 011 the east, end of the train. It was barking up at tho rate of about four miles an hour. Engine -121) was the number of our engine!, lie went in lo make the cut between the tenth nnd eleventh cars from the engine, lie went between the cars at a point opposite switch number -I to make the cut, hut did not succeed in dointt so. Ho was facing the north and also me. The tenth car hit him in the hack and knocked him down with his face to the ground, and shoved him along to number il switch point. The car that ran over him was numbered :il,Slil 1. (..'.: it. was a forty-ton car loaded with oats for Ha si St. Louis. 1 tried to wet a hold of him lo pull him out, but could not. I then siiniak'd to Mr. Witte, ihe other switchman, to stop the train and he Kave the signal to the engineer. The train ran twenty or thirty feet before it was stopped. 1 looked at the. body immediately, but he was then dead. I do not know whether number I switch frog had a block in it or not. There should be a block in every frog, and it is customary that they are there. These blocks are of wood and if in their proper place they would prevent a man from getting bus fool caught, in the frog. It is the section foreman's duty lo sec : that i he blocks aro kept in the frogs." .lames Uiefsnyder was this next witness. He slated that he was yard clerk at the yards, and that he had been iu the service for just one week. His testimony is as follows: "I was an eye witness to tbe accident and at the time it happened 1 was yettini; a check on Ihe train thai they were making up for the south on numbei 1 switch trade. 1 was standing on ihe south side of number 1 switcl tr;u k while tin- curs were backing up There were nineteen cars in ilie train and (hey were cuitiim off nine t'hl- caj-'.o cars, so that they could Ret an East St. Louis load out.. I was about five feei from track number 1. Mr Warner tried to cut the nine curs from the train by pulliiu; the coup- j ti.i This i 1 " the stop signal to Mr. Witte, and T started for the office to telephone to the yard master. Then the yard clerk and myself ran to where the accident occurred, but- when we got there Mr. Warner was dead. In about ten minutes the yard master came with a switch engine and caboose nnd we brought the remains downtown. 1 am familiar with number 4 switch. A block should have been In the frog. There are small blocks in all the frogs which arc there when the froRS come. They are about six Inches long find aro flush with the flange of the rail. If the blocks were eighteen inches long they would have prevented a man's foot from being caught In the frog. 1 have seen blocks in the frogs on the main linn, but there are none In the Wal- laro yards on the side tracks. Switch number 4 had a small block, as described ns coming with the frog, but did not have a large block." Here Mr. Altenbern was recalled and stated that the draw bar uncoupled the cars by lifting a lug In tho coupler. If this docs not uncouple the cars it is our duty to step in between the cars and pull the pin by hand. It Is a defect in the coupler If the lever does not work." Mr. Witte, the third member of the crew, stated that he knew nothing further about the case than had already been testified to. John Hogan, engineer of engine number 429, stated that, he was backing tjfe engine at the rate of about four miles an hour, and that when he neared the place of the accident he received a violent stop signal from Mr. Witte. He threw the brake Into Ihe emergency and reversed the engine, stopped and went back to where the body was lying. It was under the middle of the car. He also tnted that they are Mn the habit of taking signals to move the engine from any of the switchmen. He did not see the accident. Daniel Tierney, section foreman in the Wallace yards, stated that he-had harge of the repairing of the tracks in the Wallace yards. He saw tho switch in question the day before the accident. It. had the standard equipment block, "f made the. inspection of the switch in person shortly after the accident, and found the frog to be in good condition. The same block is now in the frog as was in on Saturday morning. Without an accident the block will last as long as the frog. I do not know whether the block in the frog is ample protection tv keep a man's foot from being caught in the frog or not. Tt is ten years since the company quit using the big blocks in the frogs." Fred Meise, an ex-switchman, testified that he had examined the frog at. this switch Monday morning and that he found that the block in the frog was one of the small standard blocks, such as are shipped with the frogs. He said that he considered the larger blocks the better protection, and that they were formerly used; if the larger ones are used they afford ample protection against a man getting his foot caught, and he does not consider the standard block ample protection. He qualified to answer the questions on his experience as a switchman. Frank Daughenbaugh testified that the cars between which the deceased attempted to make the cut were cars number I. C. 21,891 and I. C. 14,791, which numbers were given him by Fred Altenbern. Together with Henry Rippberger, he made a joint inspection of the two cars shortly after the accident and found that the coupling levers were in good wok-king order, but he.stated that there were,' times when these levers would not. work when the cars were in mcr- tion. If the proper slack was not given, the knuckles would pinch and not allow the levers to work. He tried the lever several times while he car was standing still, and it vorked each time. He did not try it while the cars were in motion. Mr. Daughenbaugh's testimony was corroborated by Mr. Rippberger. Dr. Mease, surgeon for the Illinois Central, testified as to the injuries sustained by the deceased. at IN SOCIAL CIRCLES. *******+++****+*****+****+ O. R. C. Party Tomorrow Night. The fifteenth annual ball of Freeport division, No. 235, Order of Railway Conductors, at tho Masonic temple ball room tomorrow night, will be one of the notable social gatherings of the Reason. Indications are that the attendance \yill far exceed former years. Dancing and card playing will be indulged iu, and refreshments will bo served by the L. A. to tho O. K. C. —A Shower Party. The Misses Theresa 'Wolf and Ruth Ward gave a shower party last evening at the home of the former on Liberty street in honor of Miss Edith Viola Timnis. Refreshments wero served and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Miss Timins was presented with a beautiful pastel fruit picture. - * Germania Stag Party. The Ubrmania society will give ft stag party Thursday evening, April 11, in their hall for the members. The evening will he devoted lo cards, billiards, pool anil bovrling, and every one is assured of a pleasant time.' A . Social Nou-s. St. Catherine's guild and Dramatic society will give u social evening at tho home of Mrs. Kweiiu tonight. 1'rogram and refreshuients will be given ami a silvor offering taken. St. Catherine's guild will met-t tho homo of Mrs. F. M. Clark,corner High and Jelferson streets tomorrow Freeport|division No. ri'JO. L. A. to of L. K.. will hold a regular meeting tomorrow afternoon. I'urctl rl.llliot iviu'll •ar. Th. iv .. anil llnil I x-uflii b> by loi'ul applications. u-> the lUsi-usi-il ixa-Uiiii uf only one way to ruiv I >raiiH' by Viiuxlltulliiiml ivuii'illi- I ' ling l from the outside. d l>\ nil inlliihii-il >'unditl(iii of tlic lining of t In' Kuslarlimii Tulir. \Vln-n lul>.' 1,'i-ls InllamrU you lm\f a riiinli- Miiiiul or tmiJiTt'ivi li<-iiriiiif, and \\lirn . ,. . . . . U Isciitlrrly i-loM'd Ui'iifii' ;>,s Is III.' ri'xult. lever would not work, so he stepped | ulll | ull |,. hS tin- latlaiuiiuuluii can ho taluu between the ears to pull the pin bV i out and this lulu- iv.sluivd l(j its normal i-on" ' dltliju, lu-uriiitf will In- iK-sitroyoil foivwr; aim- rust's "Ul uf ti'ii an- i-nu»>'d l>y i-utiirrli wlik-U Is notliliiK but uu intlaiilcd cumlllloa f the mucous lli hand. He seemed to catch the of his right foot in the frog switch number 4. The tenth from the engine struck him in back and knocked him down. toe of car the The samt) car pushed him to the point of number 5 switch and the wheels of the west truck passed over Ills body; his heajpl. lay between the rails. When I saw Mr. Warner knocked down, 1 rau to him, but could do nothing. will glvi- iiiui Iluiuln'a Dollars for uny of JJi'ufm-bs Uuusi'il '>y fUturrhi that iniiut b.: cu»vU by Hull's C'uturrU t'uiv. i-iiti for clrculum, f rro. K. J. OHKNEY & I'O,. Tok'Uo, U. HolU by DrujiKlnts, 7fit:. Tuke Hull's Family Pills f The Hockport Guaranteed hate, in soft aud "stiff, for |3 at the E. Ai the same time Mr. Alteubern gave i W. Clothing House. 4-4dlw

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 09 Apr 1907, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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