Deep Cut, MA Train Accident, Oct 1896


Unknown Man Stuck by 3:10 P. M. Express from Boston.

Nothing for Identification Except Woonsocket Clothier’s Label on One of Victim’s Coats.

An unknown man was struck and instantly killed on the tracks of the Boston and Albany road, Wednesday afternoon, ;by the passenger train which leaves Boston at 2 o’clock and due at the Union station at 3:10 o’clock. Nothing was found on the body to lead to identification, and it was taken to Undertaker Session’s rooms, on Trumbull street, where it was viewed by Medical Examiner F. H. Baker.

The man was walking along the tracks toward Boston, and was at a point in the deep cut near Draper’s station, on the dummy road, when a Boston-bound freight approached. The man stepped from the tracks upon which the freight was, and in front of the passenger train. The engine struck the unfortunate man squarely, and he was hurled 20 feet in the air. The shock, when the engine struck the man, was felt by the passengers. The train stopped, and the remains were brought to the Union station.

Dr. Baker found that the head was crushed in, the right leg and right arm fractured and numerous bruises and scratches were about the body. The man was evidently about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighed about 150 pounds. By reason of the disfiguration of the features, it is hard to estimate the age, but Dr. Baker is of the opinion that the man was about 40 years old. He had brownish hair, gray on the temples and slightly bald. He had a smooth face, with the exception of a sandy mustache, grayish blue eyes, large, full face, extraordinary shaggy eyebrows, which is one distinguishing mark of the features. He wore when killed a white soft hat with a wide black band, heavy brown overcoat, beneath which was a light spring overcoat, Prince Albert coat, gray outing shirt, black trousers with blueish{sic} stripe running down the legs, white gauze underwear, and laced shoes. A search of the clothing failed to show anything by which the man’s name could be learned. There were no letters, pocketbook nor money, and nothing but a pair of eye-glasses, a pair of spectacles and several “Baby Pathfinders.” A clothier’s label attached to the inside of the coat bore the following: “S. Treitel, Woonsocket, R. I.” The body will be held at Sessions’ for a few days for identification.

Worcester Daily Spy, Worcester, MA 15 Oct 1896