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By Brian J. Cudahy

On November 1, 1918, because the nice warfare in Europe used to be coming into its ultimate hours, a five-car increased educate used to be heading for the Flatbush portion of Brooklyn with enormous quantities of homeward-bound commuters aboard. because the educate rumbled down a shor hill among Prospect Park and Ebbets box within the very middle of Brooklyn, the unthinkable occurred: the motorman misplaced keep an eye on and the teach left the tracks because it curved right into a tunnel on the foot of the hill. the consequent catastrophe, recognized ever given that because the Malbone road destroy, took the lives of virtually 100 humans and stands because the worst mass-transit coincidence in U.S. heritage. in contrast to the massive catastrophe, notwithstanding, the Malbone highway smash has got scant realization from students and historians through the years. As is so frequently the case, renowned debts of the tragedy have controlled to enshrine as dogma thinkgs which are totally unfaithful. Now, Fordham college Press is proud to provide Brian J. Cudahy's long-awaited account of the Malbone highway damage, a e-book that recounts the occasions major as much as the catastrophe, describes the trustworthy journey from its starting to finish, and stories efforts carried out after the tragedy to mend blame and identify legal responsibility. may the Malbone Stret break were kept away from? essentially convinced, is Cudahy's solution. Had any variety of elements no longer mixed in just the way in which that they did, the five-car teach may have good persevered its trip to Brighton seashore in a totally uneventful demeanour. yet they did take place precisely as they occurred, and that's why The Malbone road smash makes such arresting interpreting. may perhaps one other Malbone road damage take place at a few destiny time in big apple, or on the other U.S. Mass Transit method? Transit execs should resolution this question once they learn Cudahy's account of ways and why November 1, 1918 has develop into such a special day in transportation history.

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