N&W in 1911 - Crossing accident

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
August 18, 1911

Tazewell Farmer and His Family Have Almost Miraculous Escape From Death

Tazewell, Va., Aug. 16 (Special)--Adam Ritter, a farmer living near here, and several members of this family had an almost miraculous escape from being killed by a freight train at the Tazewell station this morning. Mr. Ritter had driven to the station in a buggy to meet his family and in returning had to cross the railroad track on which an engine was shifting cars for the Tazewell depot. He had succeeded to getting nearly across the track when the buggy was struck by the shifting cars and almost entirely demolished. The women, sitting in the rear of the buggy, jumped and were uninjured but the buggy was demolished.
* [A precursor of the horseless buggy/train encounters to come?]

Gordon Hamilton
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