Hildreth Bert Elwell saved R. Curtis Duncan from being killed by a train, Beaver, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1934. Duncan, 62, fell from a station platform between the rails of a track on which a passenger train was approaching at a speed of 35 m.p.h.. Elwell, 41, auditor, ran 40 feet on the platform to a point opposite Duncan, who was on his back. He stepped between the rails and got hold of Duncan under the armpits when the locomotive was less than 300 feet from them. Dragging Duncan, who was much heavier than he, Elwell pulled him around backward over the rail . Bumping against the edge of the platform, Elwell fell to the platform, the movement pulling Duncan clear of the rail when the locomotive was 20 feet from them and traveling at a reduced speed of 5 m.p.h.. As the locomotive began to pass them, their legs hung over the platform and Duncan’s foot rested against the side of the rail. Neither was injured.
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