N&W in 1912--Injury

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Sun., April 14, 1912

Robert J. Smith Knocked Down by a Train at Graham
Because he was more interested in saving his pal from injury than he was in saving himself from an onrushing train, Robert J. Smith, an engineer, who has been employed at Coalwood, and who with J. M.Weaver of that place was en route to Richlands, was knocked down by a train at Graham this morning and will lose his right arm below the elbow.
Smith and Weavers [sic] were beating their way by freight to Richlands and were standing on the yard at Graham when suddenly Smith saw a freight approaching on the track to which Weaver had just stepped. So eager was he to save his pal that he forgot to get out of the way himself and was struck and knocked down by the train he had stepped from the track to avoid.
His right arm was mashed beneath the wheels and it could be readily seen at the hospital that it would be necessary to amputate it. He was taken to the Bluefield Sanitarium. His home is at Roda, Va., where he has a wife and one child.
[The only Roda, Va., that I could find was in Wise County, northwest of Appalachia at the end of an Interstate Railroad branch.]
Gordon Hamilton
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