Mailhot v. New York, N.H.&H.R. Co.

Decision Date25 November 1930
Citation173 N.E. 422,273 Mass. 277
CourtUnited States State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Supreme Court
PartiesMAILHOT v. NEW YORK, N. H. & H. R. CO. (two cases).


Exceptions from Superior Court, Bristol County; W. L. Collins, Judge.

Separate actions by Margaret Mailhot and by Onian Mailhot against the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company. Finding for defendant, and plaintiffs bring exceptions.

Exceptions overruled.D. R. Radovsky and H. Wm. Radovsky, both of Fall River, for plaintiffs.

M. G. Gonterman, of Boston (E. J. Phillips, of Providence, R. I., of counsel), for defendant.


The evidence in its aspect most favorable to the plaintiffs tended to show that they were proceeding in a coupe automobile on a wide cement highway in the town of South Easton, at about twenty minutes before four o'clock of a dark and clear morning, at a rate of speed of about twenty-five to twenty-eight miles an hour; that they had travelled over this highway occasionally before; that the highway intersected at right angles a single-track railroad of the defendant; that when about ten feet away the male plaintiff, who was driving, first saw a freight train across the highway, without light or other signal to indicate its presence there, and that he collided with the train, not being able to stop his automobile in that distance; that the female plaintiff was also looking ahead but did not see the freight train or car; that there was no traffic on this part of the highway at the time; that both the plaintiffs saw some sparks shooting up into the air to their right some distance before reaching the crossing but it did not occur to them that they came from a locomotive; that the plaintiffs did not observe the crossing signs which were shown on a photograph introduced in evidence; that a freight train of the defendant was on the crossing and that a moment or two after the collision it began to move, although that movement had nothing to do with the accident; that the headlights of the automobile were in perfect condition and would cast their light one hundred and fifty feet ahead and the driver could see a man that distance in front.

[1] In brief, the contention of the plaintiffs is that the jury could properly find that they were in the exercise of due care and that the defendant had not sustained the burden of proving contributory negligence on their part even though they ran into a freight train on a highway grade crossing. That contention cannot be...

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