Accidents 1857

“ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY.–George WHITTAKER, a navvy engaged on the railway between this place [Bridport] and Maiden Newton, on Wednesday last sustained a compound communated fracture of the right leg by falling underneath the ballast waggons he was attending. He was conveyed to the Dorset County Hospital, and it was at one time thought amputation would have to be resorted to, but on our last inquiries he was going on favourably.” [Dorset County Chronicle 14/05/1857 p8].

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FATAL ACCIDENT.–An accident, which terminated fatally, happened on a branch line of the railway now in course of construction near Maden [sic] Newton, in Dorsetshire. John WHITTAKER (who is a native of Brompton, near Northallerton, Yorkshire) was engaged driving a ballast waggon on the above line, and while doing so the coupling chain broke and he jumped off the train, and fell. Before he could recover himself and gain his feet, an engine which was passing at the time, run over his leg and broke it in two places. The unfortunate individual was taken to the Dorset Infirmary, and amputation was found necessary. The unfortunate man lingered from the 7th of May, when the accident took place, until the 2nd, when he died. Deceased was a steady, industrious man, and very much respected by his fellow-workmen, great numbers of whom attended his interment at Maden Newton. At the conclusion of the funeral ceremony, the clergyman delivered an appropriate address to the numerous company that had assembled to pay their last respects to the memory of the deceased.[York Herald 20/06/1857 p8].

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ACCIDENT WITH A THRASHING MACHINE.–As a boy named George DAY was passing over a thrashing machine in operation at Fordington, his clothes became entangled with the machinery, and his leg was broken. He was taken to the County Hospital, where the injured limb was set, and he is now progressing favourably. [Southern Times & Dorset County Herald 19/09/1857 p3].

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ACCIDENT.–On Monday evening Edward BROWN, carter to Mr. Fookes, miller, of Bradford, was passing the Great Western Railway Station with an empty waggon and two horses, when the animals took fright and ran away at a furious rate. Brown tried all he could to stop them, but was thrown down, sustaining a cut on the right thigh, the left also being severely bruised. The horses continued their career through the town, but were stopped without doing any further injury, except upsetting an empty cart which had been placed by the side of the road at the bottom of Durngate-street. Brown was conveyed to the County Hospital, where he received every attention, and is now progressing favourably. [Dorset County Chronicle 31/12/1857 p4].

 

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