Accidents and Loss of Life, Co. Laois and Co. Kildare, 1845

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Accident and Loss of Life
We regret to say that a young man accidentally lost his life on the Railway works at Sallins, Co. Kildare on Wednesday evening last. He had recently come from England and had only been engaged that day by the company. His name was John Ray. While engaged with others, in the act of pushing along some Trucks, he was caught between two of them and killed on the spot. An inquest was held next day, on the body, by Thomas Harrisson, Esq. Mr. Currin, of Naas examined the body from who testimony it appeared the spine of the deceased had been broken, and other serious injuries inflicted. Verdict – accidental death.

Another Accident
On the afternoon of yesterday a man was nearly crushed to death working on the railroad near Kildare. He was immediately taken to the infirmary and is not expected to recover.

Another Accident
On yesterday (Friday) evening, a man named Coyle was engaged in taking down some houses in the town of Maryborough for the construction of the new line of road to Abbeyleix when a portion of a wall fell upon him, mangling his body and breaking his limbs in a frightful manner. He was immediately removed to the Infirmary, but from the extensive nature of the injuries he received it was thought impossible he could survive.

Taken from “The King’s Co. Chronicle” newspaper
Vol. 1 No. 3
Wednesday, Oct 6th, 1845

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