Fatal Accident at Denaby Main Crossing

August 1879

Mexborough and Swinton Times, August 8.

Fatal Accident at the Denaby Main Crossing.

A sad and fatal accident occurred at the above crossing on Monday morning last. A few minutes past 8 o’clock in the morning, Mr John Hudson, of the firm of Hudson and Nephew, corn millers, Conisborough, was coming as usual on business from Conisborough to Mexborough.

On arriving at the Denaby Crossing, a M.S.and L .goods train was approaching from Doncaster, and at the same time the 8.13 a.m. Midland passenger train was coming from Mexborough.

Mr Hudson waited until the M.S.and L. goods train had passed, and then immediately attempted to cross the line. The gatekeeper (Mr Rawson) at once shouted to him to “keep back,” and he lifted his umbrella, apparently signifying that he understood the warning, but from some cause or other, the warning was not sufficiently heeded, and he was struck on the left side by the buffer of the Midland engine, and nearly all his ribs on the left side were smashed, and he was thrown into the “six-foot”

He was later taken to the gatekeepers house, and Dr Sykes of Mexborough, and Dr Hills, of Conisborough, were immediately sent for; but the unfortunate man expired before their arrival, a few minutes before nine o’clock

His body was soon afterwards conveyed to the Reresby Arms Denaby Main to await a coroner’s inquest.

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