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Article Fifty-Nine - Announced: 07 January 1903
Railway Disaster at Wanstead, Ontario - Another View

	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.

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