RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

STOURBRIDGE, BRIERLEY HILL & COUNTY EXPRESS
FOR WORCESTERSHIRE & STAFFORDSHIRE


Vol. 20, No. 36 ] SATURDAY, 31st., JULY, 1886

SHOCKING RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT STOURBRIDGE

A shocking accident occurred yesterday afternoon on the railway between the Town and the Junction Stations. The station master of the former station was walking towards his office from the Junction a few minutes after three in the afternoon, but had not proceeded far when a sad spectacle present itself to his view. Near the bridge, crossing the path to Oldswinford, he found a man lying upon the rails of the up line. The man was subsequently found to be Thomas Webb, a porter at the goods station. He was lying upon his back, his head resting on the one rail and one foot on the other. His skull was fractured, and one of his feet almost severed from the leg at the ankle, There were marks along the line for twenty yards or more as if the man had been dragged along by a train. The station master finding the man alive picked him up, placed him in the six foot way, and returned to the Junction Station for assistance. Several ambulance men were at hand, and the man was placed on a stretcher, carried to the station, and conveyed by a special engine to Dudley Station from whence he was taken to the Guest Hospital. It is believed that Webb was walking in the four foot way, in the direction of the Junction Station, during the shower of rain shortly before three o’clock, and was knocked down by the passenger train leaving Stourbridge at 2.55, and thus sustained his injuries. He had been seen in possession of an umbrella, and it is thought that while holding this up he was not aware of the approach of the train, which carried him for several yards and then ran over him. Several umbrella wires were found near the spot, and tend to confirm this belief. Shortly before going to press our representative made enquires at the Stourbridge Police Station, and was informed that no intimation had been received from the hospital as to the condition of the injured man.