Contemporary Account of SCR Construction: Lancaster Guardian - 1873, February 15th

The following contemporary account relating to the construction of the Settle - Carlisle railway appeared on page 3 (column 5) of the February 15th, 1873 edition of the Lancaster Guardian.

SAD ACCIDENT, - One of those fatal accidents occurred on Tuesday morning, the 11th inst., at Selside, which have been far too common on that part of the Settle and Carlisle line. William Sutcliffe, from report, a very steady and well-behaved man, who has been on the works for about three years, was attending to a wagon that was on the point of being tipped, when he fell and the wheels went over his legs below the knee, and nearly cut them off. Mr Green and his assistant at Batty Green, doctors for the Midland Company's servants, were shortly on the spot, but the injuries were of too serious a nature to be affected for good by medical skill. Sutcliffe, who has left a widow and small family, died on the day of his accident.


The text quoted above was manually transcribed from a microfiched copy of the newspaper by Mark R. Harvey during a visit to Lancaster Library on July 10th, 2007.

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