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Man Killed on Railway

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Man Killed on Railway

Post by Karen on Mon 25 Jul 2011 - 19:45


Yesterday Mr. George Collier opened an inquest at the London hospital, on the body of John Mayhew Stearn, aged 54, a labourer, of Matlock-terrace, Alma-road, Stratford. Deceased had been in the service of the Great Eastern Railway company for nine years. He left his home on Thursday, and at 11 o'clock the same day his wife heard that he was in the hospital, and went there, but he was so dreadfully injured that he never knew her again. A mass of evidence was taken as to the nature of the accident which caused his death, which, briefly summarised, amounted to this - that having to go to the shop for a saw, he was returning along the line, walking in the four-foot way, close to the Cannon-street bridge, when he espied the up-train from Shoeburyness to Fenchurch-street. The whistle being opened, deceased got out of the way, and climbed on to one of the girders of the bridge, standing with his back to the train up against the wall. The iron, however, appeared to project over the line at this point not giving the man room, and the footplate and framework of the engine caught him, and partly turning him round, hurled him on to the line, and two or three of the carriages passed over deceased. The poor fellow's legs were cut completely off, and at the hospital several ribs were found to be fractured. A few hours only sufficed to terminate his dreadful sufferings. It was shown that it was 2ft. 10in. wide on the widest part of the bridge, and 3ft. wide by the wall on the line, while it was wider still on the down side, and the man had ample time to reach there. The jury, however, refused to adjudicate until they had viewed the scene of the accident, and the inquiry was accordingly adjourned.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, February 15, 1885, Page 12

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