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Ardmore, PA Train Accident, May 1896

A Verdict of Accidental Death.

Special to The Inquirer.

ARDMORE, May 19.----Coroner Kurtz impaneled a jury this evening to view the remains of youn[sic] Howard G. Williams, of Ardmore, who was killed by being struck by a train by this station shortly before 7 o'clock last evening. Engineer Thomas J. Myers stated that he was not fifty feet distance when he saw the young man running quickly for the train. He instantly applied the brakes and pulled the whistle, but the young man was on the tracks and had disappeared from his view. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death and completely freed the railroad company and its employes[sic] form any blame in the matter.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 20 May 1896

article | by Dr. Radut