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Portsmouth, NH Train Accident, Jun 1898


Joseph Belenger Falls From Work Train and Loses a Leg.

Joseph Belenger, a Frenchman employed on Conductor Taylor's work train, met with a serious accident early on Friday evening, and now lies a the Cottage hospital minus one leg.

The accident happened near Eliot depot, and as near as can be found out, the man fell from the train and the wheels passed over his leg just above the ankle. Several men saw him fall and signaled the engineer to stop.

The train was backed back and the unfortunate fellow placed in the caboose and brought to this city.

Arriving here a stretcher was procurred{sic} and he was taken to the Cottage hospital in Colbath's express team.

Dr. Junkins attended him and found it necessary to amputate the leg just below the knee.

At midnight he was resting comfortably, although still in a semi conscious condition, on account of the ether used in the operation.

Belenger is a young, unmarried man, twenty-four years of age, and is spoken of by his fellow-workmen as a steady going chap, and a good workman.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 18 Jun 1898

article | by Dr. Radut