All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Maine Railroad Accident Reports

I've posted several hundred railroad accident reports from 1870-1889 on my Maine Genealogy website. Warning: some (including the one below) are quite gruesome.
Sarah Ann Cunningham, a child eighteen months old, a daughter of Mr. Thomas Cunningham of Milford, was killed on the 25th of November, by the 5:15 down freight train, at the railroad crossing in Milford, near the bridge. The parents live within a few rods of the track; but the child had never before, as its mother says, strayed on to the road that she was aware of. It was a very dark evening, and the place of the disaster was upon a down grade, and upon a curve. The engine had no head-light, and the employés upon the train were not aware of the casualty until the next day. The remains were found by a little sister, sent to search for her after she was missed in the evening, on the track where the railway crosses the county road, the head severed from the body, and lying some feet from it.


At 2:47 PM, December 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, that is terribly sad, even worse that a little sister found her. I just seemed to out of the blue find your blog! I am from Maine but currently living in Florida. I will be checking back often :)


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