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Stanton, NJ Train Accident, May 1896


Thirty Trains Grazed This Man, But He Could Not Move.

Special to The Inquirer.

FLEMINGTON, N. J., May 19.---John Cannon, 35 years old, passed seven hours of horrible agony last night. While riding on a Lehigh Valley coal train he fell off near Stanton, about 9 o'clock, injuring himself internally and breaking a leg. He fell within two feet of the rail between two main tracks and owing to his injuries was unable to move. Nearly thirty trains thundered past within a foot of his head.

The injured man was finally discovered by the engineer on an east-bound freight train at 4 o'clock this morning. He was taken to St. Francis' Hospital, Easton, where he lies in serious condition.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 20 May 1896

article | by Dr. Radut