Switchman Killed.

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
February 17, 1898 Page 1:
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Switchman Killed.

Charlie Morris, Colored, Fatally Mangled at Emerson.

While Attending to Switch.

Falls Under Cars, Which Run Over His Body—Lived Seventeen Hours After Being Hurt.

Charles Morris, a young negro man about 25 years of age, and a faithful hand on the Etowah Iron Company’s railroad, met with a horrible death at Emerson last Saturday.

It was about 11 o’clock when Mr. John Hays, the engineer, making what is called a running switch, directed the negro on the engine with him to get down and pull the coupling between certain cars. As the negro was getting down the engine took a quick spurt forward, and the negro, losing his balance, fell across the track. Before he could get up the cars following the engine, ran over him.

The right leg was horribly mangled, the muscles being all lacerated below the knee, there was what the physicians pronounced a compound cominuted fracture of the right thigh, and these were complicated by some internal injuries.

Dr. W. C. Griffin, assisted by Dr. Coker, of Emerson, and Dr. F. R. Calhoun, of this city, gave the negro medical attention, but his injuries were too great for him to survive, and after being removed to Bartow, where he had been making his home, he died on Sunday morning at five o’clock.


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