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Verdict Condemns The Railroad


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VERDICT CONDEMNS THE RAILROAD

 

Coroner's Jury Censures the Company for Negligence Which Resulted in Death of Bristol Woman.

 

On last Saturday morning a coroner's inquest was held at the house of American Hose, Hook and Ladder Company to inquire into the death of Mrs. Samuel Haney who lost her life by stepping from a car as the train stopped on the Neshaminy bridge at Croydon on Oct. 23.

 

Deputy Coroner Rue, of Bristol, conducted the inquisition and the following composed the jury: Albert Vanhorn, Charles Brown, Joseph Phipps, Michael Wheeler, John E. Fenton and Maurice Harrison.

 

After hearing all the evidence the coroner's jury rendered the following verdict:

 

"That the said Catherine Haney came to her death by drowning in the Neshaminy Creek at Bridgewater, Bucks county, Pa., Sunday October 24th at about 11 o'clock, P.M., while in the act of attempting to alight from a passenger train of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company on which she was riding as a passenger, having been misled into believing that she was at Bristol station by the conductor or brakeman calling out Bristol as the train came to a stop on the railroad bridge over the Neshaminy Creek, and we, the jury, censure the Pennsylvania Railroad Co., for the negligence of the employees which, we believe, resulted in the death of the said Catherine Haney."

 

News item from Bristol in the Bucks County Gazette of November 1909

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Pretty scathing for an innocent mistake. :confused:

 

- A

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