This chapter focuses on the coroners' inquests held from late December 1867 to early January 1868 to determine the cause of the New York Express derailment. Coroner J. I. Richards appointed an inquest jury to investigate the circumstances of the wreck, which included taking testimony from eyewitnesses to the disaster and others involved with the New York Express and Buffalo and Erie Railroad. Basing its evidence mainly on the testimony of expert witnesses who were also Buffalo and Erie's employees, the jury exonerated the company in total. This chapter discusses the inquest proceedings and the public's reaction to the jury's verdict.
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