Williamsport, PA Train Accident, Aug 1906

ASLEEP ON TRACK; HIT BY ENGINE

A MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM DEATH ON THE READING AT MULBERRY STREET

CATAWISSA MAN A VICTIM OF THE RAIL

GEORGE Wood, Out of Work and Without Funds, and Enroute to Pittsburg in search of employment, Sat on the Railroad in This City Last Night and Was Struck by an engine and Seriously Injured Was Hurried to the Hospital in the Ambulance.

Without work or funds, and enroute to Pittsburg in search of employment, George Wood, of Catawissa, met with a serious accident on the Reading Railway at the foot of Mulberry Street, in this city, about 10 o’clock last night. He was taken by ambulance, and there it was found his injuries consisted of a very bad compound fracture of the right hip and leg. Wood was hit while asleep on the tracks by a freight engine, and his escape from death was miraculous.

Meeting Was Peculiar

Edward Hampton, an old acquaintance of Wood, who was the first to give the disabled man assistance, had not seen the latter in three years, and the circumstances of the meeting was peculiar. Hampton is the keeper of boats held for hire at Market street bridge and it was while seated at the first pier of the bridge that he heard calls for help coming from the direction of the railroad. The calls were groans and shrieks from pain, but thinking someone had fallen into the water and was probably drowning. Hampton grasped his lighted lantern and ran down the Reading tracks.

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