One day his 8 year-old son, Greg, spent the day with his Dad at work. The boy was fishing next to the office so his Dad could both work and keep an eye on his son.
The bridge was over a river and whenever a ship came John had to open the bridge to allow the ships to pass. The day the boy was there with his father a ship was coming so John opened up the drawbridge.
After a moment or two he realized his son wasn’t at his fishing spot any more and as he looked around, to his horror, John saw his son climbing around on the gears of the draw bridge.
He hurried outside to rescue his son but just then he heard a fast approaching passenger train, the Memphis Express, filled with 400 people. All of the passengers aboard the steam train are completely unaware of the danger that looms as they head toward an open drawbridge.
He yelled to his son, but the noise of the now clearing ship and the oncoming train made it impossible for the boy to hear him.
All of a sudden John Griffith realized his horrible dilemma. [Continue reading]