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Excerpts from ICC Railroad Accident Report #98
Railroad           - Norfolk and WesternDate                 - October 20, 1912Location           - Cooper, WVTrain number   - 15 - Condr. Walters and Engr. CowlingEngine number- 584Consist            - 7 carsTime                - 8:52  a.m.Casualties       - 1 killed; 18 injuredCause             -  Excessive speed on a 16 degree curve
NOTE:  No. 15 was detoured on the eastbound main track- Bluestone-Ruth.
"Conductor Walters stated that before leaving Bluestone, the engine-man said the engine 'was not much account and he did not know whetherhe would be able to get up the hill or not'.  It is probable that EnginemanCowling, fearing that he would be unable to get up the grade from Cooperto Ruth disregarded the speed restriction at this point and maintainedspeed which proved to be too high for this curve . . . . .  . .He had been in passenger service for 11 years and was considered a competent engine-man, although he had a reputation among employees of being a fastrunner."                                                              Harry Bundy
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