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BRAKEMAN JOHN GRAY'S TERRIFIC FLYING LEAP.

November 29, 1859, as a freight train was passing over the Conawacta Bridge, at Lanesboro, Pa., an axle on one of the cars broke, and nine of the cars became detached from the locomotive and plunged from the bridge, fifty-two feet, to the ground below. John Gray, of Port Jervis, a brakeman, was the only person on that part of the train. He was standing on the top of the last car that left the bridge, and jumped from it at the instant it was going over. He landed on the ground fifty feet beyond where the car fell, and one hundred feet from the point where he made the leap—a frightful flying leap through the air. Instead of being instantly killed, he lived five days with both arms broken, his shoulder dislocated, and his body terribly mangled.


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