1872 April 10 th Independent
Fatal Colliery Accident, near Rotherham.
A youth named William Spalden, 14 years of age, of Denaby, who was employed as a horse driver at the Denaby main colliery, met with a shocking accident about four o’clock on Monday evening, the result being that he died almost instantly.
It appears that the unfortunate lad was in the act of crossing the chain, which was drawing a number of corves up a tramway, when he slipped and fell to the ground.
The first corve passed over him before the engine could be stopped, and when taken up. He was found to be more shockingly injured and quite dead.
A man named William Jaw, was near at the time, and he at once removed the deceased’s body from the pit. Dr Rutherford was sent for, but his services were of no avail.
An inquest will be held tomorrow morning.