St Johnsbury, VT Train - Sleigh Wreck, Feb 1905


Train Hit Sleigh and Vermont's Jurist's Wife Was Killed.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt., Feb. 21.----While Jonathan Ross, formerly United States Senator and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Vermont, was driving with his wife this afternoon their sleigh was struck by a train on the St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad, and Mrs. Ross was killed, Judge Ross was severely injured.

The accident occurred at Gould's Crossing, about two miles from East St. Johnsbury. The horse which Judge Ross was driving became frightened at the approach of a west-bound freight train and dashed between two of its cars. The sleigh was demolished, and the Judge and Mrs. Ross were hurled many feet away. Mrs. Ross was instantly killed and Judge Ross was rendered unconscious. The train was stopped as quickly as possible, and the victims were brought here in the caboose.

A hasty examination by physicians showed that Judge Ross had suffered a broken hip. As the Judge is over eighty years old, it was feared that this injury, together with the shock, will prove fatal.

The New York Times, New York, NY 22 Feb 1905