Lee Gee and Young Gow
As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths. They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.
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The air breaks are coupled up to the two coaches.
I noticed immediately, directly I felt the shock that some
thing occurd to the train line of my air equipment.
I immediately put the engineers break valve in lap
position. The train was at a standstill and as I had [no?]
injector working I waited a few minuets until I got
sufficient water in the engine. I might say before
leaving Cumberland two workmen Thomson & Edwards who were going to
No 4. mine got on the engine and went in on the firemans
while I When we received the shock at the
switch Thomson and Edwards got off the engine going
a head to find out the trouble. Thomson then came
back asking me for a light, at the same time stating
that someone got hurt. I gave him my torch. and told
I then got off my engine went ahead with him and
found some loaded cars three or four, three I am certain
of, they were standing [foul? on the main track. The
nearest load coal cars was within about as near
as near as I could judge 4 or 5 feet of the points of the
switch. The switch was set for the main line. There
was a space of about 6 or 8 feet between the workmans
car that I had on my train and below the loaded coal cars.
When I ordered my engine I had moved my train
back this distance right after I received the shock.
I also noticed some person laying and also noticed
the end of the workmans car was stove in also noticed
the body or person laying amongst the wreckage on the
car. Some of the workmen had gone to the mine for
a stretcher. I then went back to my engine got
things ready to bring the body of the dead Chinaman that
was dead also another injured Chinaman hurt at
same time. I brought them in the workmen coach to
the water tank and nob. I then took the men
back to No. 4 that had assisted.
This is all I personally know of the matter.
The cards that my train ran into were standing on
my previous trip about 140 feet away from the switch