West Hingham, MA Train And Stage Coach Collision, Aug 1865

Boston, September 1.

Yesterday afternoon, at one o'clock, a stage coach, with a party of twelve ladies and gentlemen, neighbors, was on its way from Lovell's Corner, South Weymouth, where they all resided, to the beach at Cohasset, the party proposing to stay some days at the last named place. In crossing the South Shore railroad track, at West Hingham, where the country road and railroad cross each other obliquely, running almost parallel, the two horses slewed a little at the approach of a freight train, and one of the coach wheels caught between the rails and the wooden planking of the road crossing. At that moment the cow-catcher struck and shattered the wheel, turning the coach over on MR. LOVELL, and killed him instantly, and seven others out of the party of twelve were badly injured.
One man was thrown from the top of the coach on to the engine-tender and was not injured.
A lady was thrown on the cow-catcher and carried on it till the train stopped, losing both of her eyes, and being in other respects badly injured.
MR. JAMES WENDELL was very badly hurt.
MR. M. HOLBROOK had his head injured, and was considered worse this morning.
MR. AUSTIN POOLE had his leg shattered, and it was amputated. It was thought this morning that he would not live through the day.
MRS. LOVELL'S lower limbs are paralyzed, having been injured in the spine.
MRS. POOLE is seriously injured.
Both these ladies are in a very critical condition.
The other passengers were none of them dangerously injured, although severely jarred and bruised.

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