Bradford Observer (25/Mar/1847) - Huddersfield

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Fatal Railway Accident.

On Thursday last, an inquest was held before George Dyson, Esq., and a respectable jury, at Lockwood, on view of the body of Robert Marshall, alias "old Bob," who was killed the previous day, at the cutting at Dungeon Wood end, by a large stone, about three tons weight, falling upon him. The deceased had been cautioned several times not to go too near it, but instead of attending to the warning be only swore at his fellow-workmen for their fears. He expired in a few minutes. A verdict of accidental death was recorded ; the deceased was between fifty and sixty years of age, and came from Halifax.

On the same afternoon, two men engaged on the works as labourers, had their legs broken ; one of them at the extensive viaduct at Lockwood, and the other at the cutting at Armitage Bridge. One was taken to his own home, where medical aid was promptly procured, and the other was conveyed to our Infirmary, where every attention was paid to him that his case required.

Another Fatal Accident.

On Monday, last an Irishman named Bryan Mulligan, who was engaged as a labourer at the Berry Brow, on the Huddersfield and Sheffield works, lost his life thus :— The deceased had frequently made his extraordinary strength in the exercise of his occupation, a matter of boasting among his companions, and a wheel-barrow having been well-loaded, the deceased laid hold of it, to wheel across a plank to the "tip," declaring with an oath that he could wheel the barrow and the man on the top of it. He had not proceeded far along the plank, however, before the load proved too much for him, and losing his equilibrium, he was precipitated to the bottom, his head striking with great violence against a stone. He was killed on the spot. He has left a wife and one child to deplore his untimely end. An inquest was held the following day, and a verdict of "accidental death" was returned.