WVC 17 - 18 - 16
§17-18-16. Prompt passage; ferries from railroad stations.
If at any ferry there be a failure to give any person or
property a passage over the same in a reasonable time, the
proprietor thereof shall forfeit to such person not less than two
nor more than twenty dollars. The owner or lessee of any ferry
across a river between any city, town or village and a railroad
depot or station, whether his ferryboat be propelled by steam or
not, shall, whenever it can reasonably be done, cause such boat
to be at the landing on the side on which such depot or station
is on the arrival of each passenger train on such railroad, or
within five minutes after such arrival, for the accommodation of
passengers arriving on such train who may desire to cross such
river, whether the arrival of such train be in the day or night,
unless there be a bridge across such river at or near such ferry.
He shall also, whenever it can reasonably be done, carry all
persons desiring to take passage on any such train and their
baggage across such river in time to enable them to do so before
the departure of such train. Any owner or lessee of a ferry who
shall fail to comply with the requirements of this section shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall
be fined fifty dollars for every such offense; and any party
injured by such failure shall be entitled to recover therefor
from such owner or lessee all damages sustained thereby.