Frank Justus, Jr., 34, car dropper, saved George D. Fordice, 24, laborer, from being killed by a railroad-car, Dugger, Indiana, November 20, 1937. While Fordice was working in an empty hopper car, the doors of which were open, a gondola car having defective brakes drifted toward it on a grade. Justus repeatedly tried to apply the brakes; and when the gondola was 150 feet from the hopper car and running at a speed of about five miles an hour, he jumped to the ground, ran ahead of the car to the hopper car, climbed up open framework at the end of it, and shouted a warning to Fordice, who braced himself. An instant later the gondola car, the speed of which had increased, crashed into the other one; and Justus fell between the cars. He was dragged 35 feet, and his left leg and left hand were crushed by a wheel and were later amputated. Fordice sustained only minor injuries.
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