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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
September 30, 1910
IN CITY AND COALFIELD
Brakeman Instantly Killed
L. M. Whittaker, a Norfolk and Western brakeman, was instantly killed in front of the Red Jacket store above Matewan when he was caught between the drawheads of two cars which he had just cut in two. It seems that after the cars were cut in two the train backed up when Whittaker was expecting it to go ahead with the result that he was caught and crushed to death. Whitaker's remains were taken to Williamson where he made his home.
To Extend Sycamore Branch
The Norfolk and Western has authorized three and a half miles of track as an extension of the present Sycamore branch. The track will connect the property of the Sycamore Coal and Coke Company with the railroad. The new mine will be one of the most active in the lower field as soon as the track is laid and development commences in earnest. Three seams will be worked as has been reported and the plant which is now under construction by the Patterson interests, of Vivian, will be modern in every respect.
Section Foreman Killed
A report reached this city last night telling of a fight which occurred yesterday morning on Clearfork branch in which a section foreman was killed by some man whose name could not be learned. The matter was turned over to the railroad officers for investigation but on account of a severed cable west of this city telegraph communication with Iaeger and other points in that region was lacking. The report that the section foreman was shot has been verified but no further details can be secured this morning.
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