Laurel County, KY Fatal Railroad Accident, Dec 1888

Mountain Echo newspaper, London, KY
Friday 21 December 1888; Front Page, Column 7


Horrible! Sickening!
Literally ground to pieces!
A slip, a fall, then death - heartrending, sad, terrible.

When freight train 34 reached Livingston early Tuesday morning the train gang found one of their number, Robert GENTRY, the hind brakeman, missing. They found his brake set from which they inferred that he was on the train after they had started down the crooked hill between East Bernstadt and No. 8 tunnel. Their search was fruitless until the reached the North end of Tunnel No. 8, near Hazel Patch, 7 1/2 miles back.

They didn't find Robert GENTRY, but they found pieces of him - the largest one being the part of his right leg from his knee down; his poor face cut off; his brains scattered along the track, which were picked up and placed in his hat.

The body was brought to London Tuesday night and an inquest held at the depot. The jury rendered a verdict of accidental killing. The supposition was that while coming through the tunnel he slipped, fell, struck the side of the tunnel and was thrown under the train, a part of which passed over him. Extra No. 197, which was following, also ran over the body.

GENTRY's home was at Powell's Station, Tennessee, where his parents are living. He had been braking on the L. & N. about two years; previous to that time, he had worked on the E. T.

The conductor and two brakemen of the freight train left on the 2:30 train Wednesday morning to take the body home for burial.

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