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South Boston, Virginia

Train Accident

November 13, 1860

Railroad accident section master killed.

A painful accident occurred on the Richmond and Danville Railroad yesterday morning, by which one of the section masters, Mr. John Dinon, lost his life. Mr. Dinon had started from South Boston, Halifax county, where he resided, on a hand car, to see that the road was in good order, he being accompanied by two boys. After going about a mile and a half, and before he had time to escape, his vehicle was met by an extra train, which had on board the "Examining Committee," run into, and he so terribly crushed that he died of his injuries in a short time thereafter. The two boys who were with him on the hand-car, escaped injury. Mr. Dinon was one of the oldest and most valuable section masters on the road. He could not have known that an extra train was expected, and the engineer on the extra did not see the hand-car until it was too late to prevent the collision.

The Daily Dispatch, Richmond, VA 14 Nov 1860

       

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