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ONEILL, James


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    Ebensburg Mountain Sentinel, 28 Nov 1850, Page p2; c1, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Fatal Accident.

Mr. James ONeill, a carman on the Portage Railroad, met with an accident on Saturday last, of a character so fatal that it occasioned his death in the course of a few hours. The circumstances of the case, as we have been able to gather them are as follows: He was passing down the Hollidaysburg level, with a trail of coal cars in charge, and when near the junction he discovered another train of cars stationed on the going down track. It being nearly dark, he did not discover these cars until within a short distance of them, and knowing it would be impossible to check the motion of his own cars, he made an effort to jump off in order to save himself, but in doing so his foot caught the lever, and he fell on the track and the cars passed over one of his legs near the ancle [sic], shattering it in a horrible manner. Medical aid was immediately procured and his leg amputated, but his system appears to have sustained such serious injury that he died in a few hours. He was about forty-five years of age, was a steady and industrious man, and respected by all [who] knew him. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his untimely end.

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