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The Coroner's Jury which has investigated the butting collison of two Grand Trunk Railway trains here at Wanstead on 26 December in which 28 lives were lost, finally has rendered a verdict: "We find that Arthur W Ricketts was killed in the collison at Wanstead on the evening of Friday, December 26, 1902. That said collison was caused by wrong orders being given to train No. 5 at Watford. Responsibility for the issuance of wrong orders we are not agreed upon as between Operator Carson and Dispatcher Kerr. That after No. 5 had left Watford by the issuance of these wrong orders, we consider that the accident could have been averted by the operators at Wyoming or King's Court Junction had the railway company had more experienced operators at these points - one being but a boy of 16 - at each of which places the dispatchers, having had ample time to do it, endeavored to get the opposing trains stopped but not in time to avert this tragedy." James Troyer, the night trick operator at Kings Court Junction, where the dispatcher endeavoured to stop the express, is a boy of only 16 years. He stated that he was on duty for the first time on the night of the accident and that his total previous experience as an operator was for two nights at Strathney where he received only a total of four telegraphic messages. He gave as a reason for not hearing Kerr signalling him for seven or eight minutes, that he was studying the timetable and did not recognize the office call which he had heard only once before.