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Hull & Lincolnshire Times 1875
Fatal Accident

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Fatal Accident on Prince's Dockside

---- on Thursday last, the Coroner for Hull held an inquest at the infirmary, touching the death of Thomas Hall aged 43, railway shunter, who was killed through an accident which happened to him while shunting on the east side of the Princess Dock on the preceding day.

The first witness call was James Wood of 33 Adelaide St., who deposed that about 10 minutes past six o'clock on the evening, he was on the Princess Dock side when he saw the deceased riding on the buffer of the truck going in the direction of the south end. The truck was being pulled by horse, and appeared to be full. Deceased sat with his legs "inwards," his feet hanging down. The wagon seemed to jerk near the points opposite Newton's shop, and the deceased fell into the 4 ft.; his legs were laid across the line. One wheel passed over them, and then the wagon stopped. One of his legs was nearly dissevered, and the other was severely hurt.

A hatchway was got from one of the steamers, and the deceased was at once taken to the infirmary. Witness had never seen the man ride on the buffers before. A representative of the railway company here stated that their shunters are forbidden by rule to ride on the buffers. Deceased had been some years in the employment of the company, and was, he believed, a steady man.

Thomas Cropper, labourer, of Garden Street, Brook Street, said he was walking behind the wagon when the accident happened. If the deceased's thought seemed to slip and the wheels ran over him; he was not riding on the buffer, although he was leaning against it. Alfred Woodcock gave evidence somewhat similar to the last witness. Mr Thompson, house Surgeon, said the deceased died a few minutes after being received at the infirmary. He had lost a great deal of blood. The jury returned a verdict of "accidental death".

Hull & Lincolnshire Times June 5, 1875


The Coroners Report

An Inquisition Indented taken at the Infirmary Prospect Street in the Town or Borough of Kingston Upon hull and County of the same Town or Borough the third day of June in the thirty eighth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lady Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith and in the year of Our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy five before John Joseph Thorney Esquire, Her Majesty’s Coroner for the same town or Borough and County of the same Town or Borough, on view of the body of Thomas Hall then and there lying dead by the Oath of the Several jurors whose names are hereunto written and seals affixed. Good and Lawful men of the same Town or Borough sworn to enquire how, when and after what manner the said Thomas Hall came to his death who say upon their Oath That the said Thomas Hall at the parish of Holy Trinity in the Borough aforesaid on the second day of June instance accidentally casually and by misfortune received mortal injuries to his legs thro' being run over by a Railway wagon from which mortal injuries he the said Thomas Hall at the Infirmary in the said Parish of Holy Trinity and Borough aforesaid on the said the second day of June did die.

And so the Juror's aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid say that the said Thomas Hall came to his death accidentally casually and by misfortune in manner and form aforesaid, and not otherwise to their knowledge.

In witness whereof as well as the aforesaid Coroner as the Juror's aforesaid to this Inquisition have interchangeably set their hands and seals the day year and place first above written.

Informations of Witnesses

Severally taken upon oath and acknowledged on behalf of our Sovereign Lady the Queen, touching the death of Thomas Hall at the Infirmary Prospect Street in the parish of Holy Trinity in the Town or Borough of Kingston upon Hull in the County of the same Town or Borough, on the third day of June in the 38th year of the reign of our said Sovereign Lady the Queen and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and seven five before John Joseph Thorny Esquire Her said Majesty's Coroner for the said Town or Borough and County on view of the body of the said Thomas Hall then and there lying dead as follows To Wit.

James Wood of Adelaide Street in the ?? Borough number 33, Porter merchants labourer on his oath saith. I knew Thomas Hall by sight. His body has just been shewn to the jury in the deadhouse. He was a railway shunter. Last night about 6.10 a.m. I was walking along the flags on the east side of the Princess docks. I saw deceased riding on the left hand buffer of a Railway truck which ran [on the line] towards south end. It was pulled by one horse. There was no driver but Hall. The truck was sheeted over deemed full. The horse was put walking. Hall sat with both his legs on one side towards the other buffer. His feet hung down. As the wagon crossed the points opposite Newton Brothers shop it gave a jerk and he fell off with his body in the four foot and his legs lay upon the rail. The leading wheels ran over his legs and the second wheels stopped on his legs. His legs stopped the wagon. The horse stopped as soon as it was called to, which was directly he fell. The break of the wagon was not put down. One of his legs was nearly cut off and the other was hurt. He was put on a hatchway off a steamer and brought here. His wounds were not bound up.

Signed with an X the mark of James Wood.

George William Cropper of 6 Brook Street in the Said Borough Labourer on his oath saith. I saw deceased run over. I was walking behind the wagon. I saw that he was riding between the buffer and the middle hook. He was not sitting on the buffer. I saw him put down his feet and one foot slipped from under him and he fell and the wheels ran over him.

The mark of X George William Cropper.

Alfred Woodcock

Henry Thompson of the infirmary aforesaid House Surgeon on his oath saith. Deceased was brought here last night. He died within a minute or two of being brought in. He died in the Hall. His death was the result of the injuries to his legs he had lost much blood.

Taken by me John Joseph Thorney Coroner.



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