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Killed By His Own Engine

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Killed By His Own Engine

Post by Karen on Thu 28 Jul 2011 - 9:36


Mr. Wynne Baxter held an inquest at the London hospital, yesterday, on the body of Robert Robinson of Colegrave-road, Stratford, an engine-driver on the Great Eastern railway. The widow stated that she was informed on Monday last that her husband had been taken to the London hospital in consequence of an accident. She saw him at the hospital and was told by him that the fireman, the mate of the deceased, had done it. His words were "My mate done it." Mrs. Wood, mother of the last witness, said deceased had previously told her the same thing in the same words. John Wager, the fireman, having been cautioned by the coroner, deposed that the driver was walking on the ground beside the engine, for the purpose of turning the points at Temple mills to get the engine into the shed. He moved the engine according to deceased's direction. He had got from him "All right" at the last of the points, and was going slowly, when he felt something under the wheels of the engine. He at once applied the brake, but before he could stop the wheels passed over deceased's legs. Charles Randall, superintendent for the London district of the Great Eastern railway, deposed that it was contrary to rule for the driver to be off his engine. He ought to have waited for a pointsman to move the points for him. In reply to questions from the jury witness said he thought the accident had probably arisen from the deceased stooping down to pick up something, and failing to get away in time. The house surgeon said that, on Robinson's admission to the hospital, both legs had to be amputated, death resulting from consequent collapse. Verdict, "Accidental death."

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, March 25, 1888, Page 12

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