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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 at 08:05:20 :

Marin County Tocsin
Saturday, February 9, 1918

Killed By Train

William Smith, foreman for Flynn and Tracy, contractors on the state highway north of San Rafael, was killed and Timothy Tracy, son of one of the contractors, was badly hurt last Friday night when they were returning from San Rafael to camp. At the railroad crossing near the Catholic cemetery they were struck by a Northwestern Pacific train. Mr. Tracy who was driving the machine says he saw the semaphore but could not tell whether it was working. Both men knew the train passed at about that hour as they made the trip almost every night.

When the engine hit the car it was thrown fully twenty feet to the roadside and demolished. Mr. Smith was thrown out and in falling struck on his head breaking his neck. Mr. Tracy was found badly hurt and rushed to the Cottage Hospital where it was discovered by Dr. Kuser that he had a broken leg and other bruises.

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