Saturday, July 8, 2017

Is G.S. Jacobs to Blame For Collision of Freight Trains? 1917

Hickory Daily Record, July 3, 1917

Raleigh, July 3—Officials of the Seaboard Air Line and representatives of the interstate commerce commission conducting an investigation into the collision of two freight trains near Franklinton Saturday resulting in four deaths and the destruction of thousands of dollars in property, went to Franklinton today. It was expected the officials also would spend some time there.

G.S. Jacobs of Durham, telegraph operator of Franklinton, who it is charged was responsible for the wreck because he failed to hold the northbound train, is still in jail here in default of a bond of $2,000.

The investigation is being conducted behind closed doors and no information is given out.

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