Seymour, IN Brakeman Killed By Work Train, May 1898

The Seymour Daily Democrat newspaper, Seymour, IN
Wednesday Evening 18 May 1898

Southern Indiana Brakeman Killed this Morning.

While coupling cars on the work train of the Southern Indiana railroad at 7 o'clock this morning which was moving on the side track at the canning factory, B. B. KNIGHT stumbled over a cross tie and fell across the rail. In an instant the truck passed over him, crossing his body diagonally about the hips and inflicting terrible injuries, cutting the left leg amost in two, and crushing the right hip into a mass of flesh and bones.

The train was stopped immediately and the crew hastened to draw him from the track. They carried him, crushed and bleeding, to the depot where medical and surgical attention was hastily brought. After examining his wounds Drs. Galbraith and Gerrish pronounced them fatal, and at the time of writing he is expected to die in a few hours.

The unfortunate man came from Bonnieville,(Hart County) KY, where he has a wife, father, mother and sister. He had been breaking on the L & N road for some time, but was persuaded by his relatives to abandon it because of its dangers. He came here and secured a similar postiion, and made his first regular run yesterday. It is said that he had not informed his family of the work he was performing. All his near relatives have been notified of his misfortune and some of them are expected here this evening.

He is 26 years old, a healthy man and perfectly built. He has a brother-in-law in Williams by the name of Brasher who will come here on the first train.

In spite of all that medical skill could do to save the unfortunate man's life, death claimed the victim of the terrible accident at 11:20 o'clock this morning.

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