Huntington, WV Boy Struck and Killed by Train, Nov 1911

LITTLE BOY FELL ACROSS RAIL AND TRAIN STRUCK HIM

HORRIBLE FATE ENCOUNTED BY HAPPY YOUNGSTER RUSHING HOME FROM SCHOOL

EAGERNESS CAUSED HIS DEATH

TOO IMPATIENT TO WAIT UNTIL TRAIN PASSED HE MET DEATH UNDER ITS WHEELS

Hastening homeward from school, his mind free from apprehension and his heart aglow with the joy of childhood, Edgar HOPKINS, eight, met a tragic death just before noon today as the result of an attempt to cross the Baltimore & Ohio track at Adams Avenue in front of an approaching train. His eagerness to reach home was the cause of his death. He might have made the dash across the track in safety had he not stumbled, but he fell and the train passed over his body and mangled it almost out of the semblance of human form.

One man, Charles ZIMMERMAN, was the only eye witness that could be found when the coroner made his investigation. Zimmerman was some distance away when the accident occurred.

The police were notified of the occurrence and the patrol wagon was sent to the scene to keep the body until the arrival of the coroner. Dr. VINSON reached there a few minutes after twelve o'clock. Only a brief investigation and after a few minutes the remains were given into the care of an undertaker.

The little fellow was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. HOPKINS, 228 Adams Avenue.

Source:
Huntington Advertiser, 21 NOVEMBER 1911