A short time before, there had been an accident near Hinton, AB, a little further along the line, in which twenty-nine people had died. One of those was a chef who had worked for years with Peter. For some reason, he had gone to a day coach instead of to the diner and was burned to death in the crash. The cause of the accident was that one train had run a red light. If Peter had not been on holiday at the time, he would have been on the train.
The same conductor was aboard the train involved in both incidents. Having experienced two tremendous scares, he decided to retire immediately.