Train engineer pointing to where a baby was pulled from beneath a Southern Railway freight train
Date: May. 14 1982 |
A black and white photograph of train engineer Gerald Johnson pointing to the spot where an 18-month old baby was pulled from beneath a Southern Railway freight train. The photo was originally published in The Havelock Progress accompanying an article about a train accident. The article tells how two young children, Samantha and Shaniena Tompakov, were nearly killed while playing on the railroad tracks but were saved by the quick thinking of the train’s front end brakeman, Joe Dunn. The youngest child, who was in the middle of the tracks, was ordered to lie down so that she went under the train, while the other child was next to the tracks and escaped with minor injuries. more...