P was a passenger on D's train. The train was running late, so D's attendants told the passengers to hurry.
P was a fat lady and fell down the unlit, unrailed stairs.
P sued D in negligence.
D argued that the accident could have happened even if the stairs were lit and railed.
Lower court found for P.
LA COA affirmed, found for P.
Is negligence a cause in fact of injury if it only enhances the chances of injury?
Where negligence of the D greatly multiplies the chances of accident to the P and is of a character naturally leading to its occurrence, the mere possibility that it might have happened without the negligence is not sufficient to break the chain of cause and effect between the negligence and the injury.