Casey Jones

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The real-life Casey Jones, a conductor with the Illinois Central Railroad, crashed his passenger train into a stalled freight locomotive on a foggy night in 1900. But drugs had nothing to do with it. In fact, Jones — the wreck’s lone fatality — became a legend for refusing to bail when he saw trouble ahead. But in his fictionalized account, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter’s rail accident had a Sixties twist: a coked-up conductor. “I always thought it’s a pretty good musical picture of what cocaine is like,” Jerry Garcia told Rolling Stone. “A little bit evil. And hard-edged.”

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