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1894 - DEADLY RAILROAD CROSSING. TWO KILLED OUTRIGHT AND MANY ARE INJURED.
WORCESTER HAS ANOTHER ARGUMENT AGAINST THE GRADE CROSSING.
Worcester, Mass., Nov. 30. - The most horrible accident which ever occurred in Southbridge happened there yesterday morning, and turned the day into one of sadness instead of thanksgiving, as the lives of two young men were shut out in a flash, two more were fatally injured and 18 others were more or less hurt, two of the latter not being expected to live.
The injured men are all members of the Southbridge Y.M.C.A., and were on their way to the Fair grounds to play a game of football with the Worcester Polytechnic institute eleven, the barge in which they were riding being struck at the Central Street crossing by a passenger train on the New York and New England road.
The killed were:
The fatally injured:
VICTOR NELSON, skull fractured.
JOHN STREET of Lee, quarter-back of the Williams College football team, who was to referee the game, skull fractured and legs broken.
The others injured were:
ALFRED HUGHES, injured about the head, not expected to live.
ALFRED TAYLOR, skull fractured, not expected to live.
W. J. BURSAW, hip broken.
HENRY BELKNAP, head injured.
CHARLES SIMPSON, leg broken in two places.
JAMES TAYLOR, head injured.
Seven others slightly injured.
The crossing where the accident happened is not provided with gates nor automatic alarm.
November 30, 1894
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