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Lobo Station, ON Train And Cow Accident, June 1854

AWFUL ACCIDENT ON THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.

We regret to have to announce to our readers the occurrence of a serious accident on the line of the Great Western Railway, which has resulted in the loss of 7 lives, 3 fatally wounded and a number of others more or less injured. The accident occurred to the Day Express train, from Detroit, on its way to the Suspension bridge, about two o'clock yesterday afternoon. The train had just left the Lobo Station, about nine miles west of London, when the engineer discovering a cow on the side of the track, a short distance ahead, slackened his speed. While the train was passing the animal, she attempted to run under the third car, which, singular to say, threw it off the track, and precipitated the fourth and fifth cars down the embankment of 70 feet, carrying death and distruction to the passengers, the fourth car was first class and was not much injured. Two passengers in this car were killed, one instantly, and the other surviving but a few hours. The fifth was a second-class car, and was principally occupied by emigrants, who had, through some unaccountable mistake, taken this train supposing it was going west. This car was literally smashed to pieces and five persons instantly killed, besides injuring a number of others, two or three fatally.
Our informant, the Rev. G. P. Harris, who was in the first car that went down the embankment, and who fortunately escaped unhurt, describes the scene of the disaster as heart-rending in the extreme; the groans of the wounded and wail of the dying could not but excite sympathy from the most callous.
The Conductor and other officers of the Company rendered every possible assistance to the unfortunate sufferers, and no blame can be attached to the employees for the occurence of this calamity. The train arrived in this city this morning about one o'clock. This is the first serious accident that has occurred on the Great Western Railroad, and we hope it may be a long time ere we are called upon to record another.

Sarnia Observer and Western Advertiser Ontario 1854-06-08

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