Lebanon, NH Train Crushes Carriage, July 1901

KILLED AT GRADE CROSSING.

FOUR MEN STRUCK BY MONTREAL EXPRESS AT LEBANON, N. H., WITH FATAL RESULT.

Lebanon, N. H., July 21. -- A carriage containing JAMES GOODWIN, of Hinsdale, Mass.; WILLIAM THURSTON, of Percy, N. H.; THOMAS BURNS, of Winooski, Vt.; and EDDIE McCABE, of Lebanon, was struck by the Montreal express on the Boston and Maine Railroad shortly after midnight and all four were instantly killed. The horse escaped with slight bruises.
GOODWIN and BURNS were weavers employed by the American Woolen Company. THURSTON had just finished work as a farmer here. He was married. McCABE was nineteen years old, employed by Carter & Rogers, of this place, and leaves a widow, mother and sister.
The team was hired by GOODWIN at Peter Stone's stables, about 7 o'clock for a drive to Enfield and GOODWIN was seen here with BURNS about 9 o'clock. It is not known where THURSTON and McCABE joined the party. It is evident that the party tried to cross in advance of the train. Examination showed that death in each case was instantaneous, the skulls of all being crushed. The examination by the coroner revealed part of a bottle labeled alcohol. No blame whatever attaches to the trainmen.

New York Tribune 1901-07-22