Eliot, MA Train Accident, May 1910


Supposed to Have Been Hit by an Overhead Bridge

Robert W. Saunders of Somerville, Mass., is at the Cottage Hospital as a result of an accident, and his recovery is doubtful.

Saunders is a brakeman employed on the Eastern division of the Boston and Maine railroad and was making a run on an extra freight, Portland to Boston, when injured. It is not known exactly at this time just what caused the accident, but Conductor P. H. Smith of the train, thinks that Saunders, while walking over the top of the train to get to the buggy, was struck by an overhead bridge at Eliot.

Word was sent over the wire from Spinney's switch and the ambulance met the train on its arrival in teh depot, and the man hurried to the Cottage Hospital.

The unfortunate man was cut in a terrible manner about the face and head, and was unconscious when removed from the buggy of the train.

He was a married man, but sometime ago his wife met death in a fire at Somerville.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 14 May 1910