Tuesday, April 30, 2019
You better watch your speed...
Jones was piloting the Illinois Central passenger train on a foggy night when it hit a freight train stalled on the tracks in Vaughn, Mississippi.
He was making the famed "Cannonball Run" from Memphis to Canton and it was a dangerous route, known for its tricky curves.
Jones was a teetotaler and a devoted family man, famous for his acumen with the train whistle. It was said that he was so punctual that you could set your watch by the passing of his train. Once saved a small child from the railroad tracks.
Everybody else jumped off the train but Casey stayed at his post and tried to guide the iron steed to safety before the fateful collision.
His watch stopped at the time of impact, 3:52 a.m.. When they found his lifeless body, his hand was said to be still clutched tightly around the brake and whistle cord.