The Railroad Crossing Menace

Issue 7 and Volume 73.

The Railroad Crossing Menace The death on Wednesday last of the third fireman injured in the destruction of hook and ladder truck No. 142 of the New York fire department again brings to the fore the perils that firemen are constantly subjected to when they are compelled to cross the tracks of railroads in responding to alarms. In this case, the truck was caught between the gates which had been raised by the gateman after the passing of a Long Island local train and then immediately lowered, shutting the heavy truck in the path of a swiftly moving express train. The crash which followed demolished the truck, part of it being carried down the track by the front end of the power car. The firemen on the truck were scattered in all directions, two being killed instantly and the third dying the following day. Two others were injured, one of…

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