End Of The Line

May 1, 1900

The southbound passenger train No. 1 was rushing under a full head of steam when it crashed into the rear of a caboose and three freight cars which were standing on the main track … The engineer was killed outright by the concussion. His body was found lying under the cab, with his skull crushed and his right arm torn from its socket …

Every effort was made to stop the speeding train but without success. Two flagmen were sent down the track with danger signals and torpedoes were placed on the track as a warning, but the engineer did not seem to take any notice of the signals nor to realize the situation until a short distance of the caboose when he made a violent attempt to put on the air brakes…

— The gory description of the crash that ended the legendary career of engineer Casey Jones near Jackson, Mississippi.