Man VS Train
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Contains graphic material.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Death on the Rail. Warning this story is graphic and may be offensive to some.

1894-08-03  Coalville Times,
At 5 o'clock yesterday morning the Union Pacific train brought in from the south the remains of an unknown man who had been killed on the road while attempting to ride. . . a stock car.  The unfortunate fellow's coat caught. . and was wound around the axle and the man was dragged from his position and his brains beaten out on the top of the [tracks] and the ground.  The abdominal viscera was wound above the axle with his coat.  Owing to the condition of the remains it was impossible to judge of his age or appearance.  The railroad company sent out two hand cars with instructions to keep a [strict] lookout for parts of the man's body scattered along the track.  They found the limbs and head a short distance this side of Lehi. The only thing of a nature that might lead to his identification is a piece of wrapping paper found folded up in his pocket that came from the New . . Cash store at Provo.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Warning:  This post contains material that may be offensive to some.
This is graphic.  

The Daily Enquirer Newspaper 1888-12-07 Vol. 12 no. 97

A Shocking Suicide

From Conductor W. B. Green, of the Montana Central railroad, it is learned that a horrible suicide occurred near Wickes Wednesday morning.  Mr. Green said that he and Hugh Kirkendall were standing on the rear end of the smoking car and when out about 200 yards this side of Wickes they noticed a man sitting in a cut with in a few feet of the track.  The train was not moving very fast, so Mr. Green thought the fellow was about to board the cars and steal a ride.  As the train neared him the man stepped up to it and deliberately placed his head under the wheels.  The rear wheels of the ladies'* car and the sleeping car passed over him, almost severing the head from the body.  Conductor Green saw the man spring under the car, and says it was the coolest work of self-destruction he ever saw or heard of.  He stopped the train as soon as possible.  The poor fellow was dead and must have died instantly, not writhing a particle as the wheels passed over him.  

*Some trains had a man's car and a ladies' car.  Men at the time were sometimes ill mannered, vulgar, dirty and smelly, it offended women and children so they rode in the Ladies' car.   Some depots, like the one in Brigham city, Utah, had a men's waiting room and a women's waiting room for the same reasons. 

For more stories from the Ogden area, like this one, Check out the book "Death At The Station: Ogden's Historic Union Station" it's history like you have never read before. 
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