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Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Pennsylvania R. Co. v. Chamberlain
Citation:288 U.S. 333 (1933)
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Pennsylvania Railroad v. Chamberlain
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Chamberlain worked as a brakeman for Defendant. Plaintiff alleged that Chamberlain was operating a string of gondola cars and, as the result of negligence from other employees, a crash occurred which resulted in Chamberlain being struck and killed. All employees who were in a position to see asserted that no crash occurred. One witness, Bainbridge, claims that he saw Chamberlain riding at the rear of the string of cars, looked away, heard a loud crash, and looked up to see Chamberlain no longer in sight.
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