|Birth: ||Sep., 1894|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 1923|
David Clark Caught And Crushed While Engaged Coupling Ladles
David Clark, brakeman on the yard of the Pulaski Iron Company, was instantly killed Sunday night at 9:30 p.m., having had his head caught between cinder ladles, which he was attempting to couple in such a manner as to break his neck and fracture the skull on the left side near the ear. The accident which cost Mr. Clark his life doubtless occurred so quickley that he was not aware the impending danger, having been caught and held in an upright position until the ladles could be moved apart, when his liftless body fell to the ground. The deceased and Engineman J.R. Richardson comprised the crew which operated the cinder ladles which carry the molten slag out to the dump grounds. They were in the act of coupling a large and small ladle near the point behind tihe furnace where the cars receive the slag as it runs from the furnace. The engineer answered a signal from Mr. Clark to comeback and when, in the course of the usual time, the brakeman failed to appear from between the ladles to give a further signal, Mr. Richardson left his engine cab and went to investigate to find his fellow workman caught about the head between two angle irons one on either car. So tight was the grip of the irons that it necessary to part, the cars to release the body, which fell lifeless by the track. The engineer sought assistance and Dr. W.W. Chaffin, the company physician was called, but death had been instant and there was nothing which could be done. The body was removed to the Stevens undertaking parlors and prepared for burial. Just how the brakeman came to allow himself, to be caught is not known. The parts on the ladles by which he was caught are high up and but for his height, being a man of six feet, these would doubtless have caught his head and it is presumable did not notice them, and taken unawares, was so closety pinioned that life was crushed out before he could realize there was any danger, the body being held in an upright position when found by the engineer. A slight stooping on the part of the brakeman would have let the points pass over without catching him. The deceased had been braking on the yard for a time, but in another department thereof, only that day working with the ladle crew.
Funeral service was conducted Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock from the East Pualaski Methodist church, J.C. Flinchum officiating. Burial was in the East Pulaski cemetery. The deceased is survived by his widow, who was Miss May Mitchell, whom he married September last, and numerous other relaives.
Southwest Times, Pulaski, Va, Fri, Jan 19, 1923
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