RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

County Express
incorporating
BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


Vol. 1, No. 18 ] SATURDAY, 4th., MAY, 1867 [ Price 1d.

LYE

"FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT:- On Monday an inquest was held at the Spread Eagle Inn, before R.Dacker Esq., on the body of Betsey Cartwright who was killed on Saturday last while attempting to go up the line from Hay Green crossing to one a little further up the line. The following witnesses were examined:- Thomas Tranter said: I am a servant employed by the Great Western Railway Company, and fill the capacity of yardsman at Lye Station. On Thursday, the 27th. ult., I was on an engine which started from Stourbridge Station to the park sidings for the purpose of fetching luggage, and on our approaching the spot were the accident occurred I saw the deceased on the line. Apprehending that she was not aware of our approach I instantly requested the driver of the engine to blow his whistle, which proved of little or no avail, as the child continued running in front of the engine. The engine was then reversed, but before he could bring the engine up one of the buffers struck the child on the back of the head. - John Bashford, a miner, who was working on a pit bank near the spot, gave similar evidence. - Henry Jointer Kirk said: I am a qualified registered medical practitioner, and was called upon on Saturday last, at two o'clock in the afternoon, to see Betsey Cartwright, and found, on examination, a compound fracture of the skull. A copious discharge of blood had passed from the ears; there was a slight abrasion of the skin on the lower part of the body. The jury after a short deliberation returned a verdict of 'Accidental Death'."