ASLEEP ON THE TRACK
Death as the Engine Crashed Over Him.
Flagman John Mann Killed Yesterday Morning by the Seaboard Air Line Vestibule.
Asleep on the track yesterday morning John Mann roused for a moment and then awoke in another world.
The vestibule Seaboard Air Line early yesterday morning struck and killed him while he was asleep on the track just below the block house, at Boylan's bridge, on the outskirts of Raleigh.
John Mann, a young white man, aged twenty-two years, was the flagman on the Seaboard freight No. 22, in charge of Conductor Lee. This train was waiting for No. 34, the vestibule northbound, due in Raleigh at 1:35 a.m., but which was late forty minutes.
Mann was sent back to flag the vestibule and put out his signals. It is surmised that he sat down on the track while awaiting the train and fell asleep. When he awoke the fast train was nearly on him, and he made an effort to get his lantern, stop the train to avoid a wreck and get out of the way, but too late as the train struck him, hurled him from the track, killing him instantly.
Engineer Wright was at the throttle of the engine pulling the fast train. He says he did not see the warning lantern until close on it, and this was probably so, because it was on the opposite side of Mann whose body might have obstructed the view. The engineer says that just before Mann was struck he saw the flash of a lantern, but it was too late to stop.
Mann was struck in the side, and it is said that his head was fractured and an arm broken, besides injuries to his side and internal injuries. The train was stopped and the body taken up and carried to Johnston Street Station, being later turned over to Mr. John W. Brown for preparation for burial.
Mann had been sick for about two months and had only lately returned to the road, having been in its employ for about a year. His people reside at Merry Oaks and yesterday afternoon his remains were sent to his father, Mr. Lindsay Mann. The funeral will take place this morning.
Reprinted from the July 3, 1903 Raleigh News and Observer