ACCIDENT – Narrow Escape Redcar Lad
Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 12/06/1868.
NARROW ESCAPE TO REDCAR LAD.
Between one and two o’clock on Saturday afternoon (06/06), a lad named William Jenkins narrowly escaped losing his life on the railway. He had been sent by Mr Skinner, of the Zetland Bath’s, to take a horse to a field near Redcar Gas Works, and when crossing the railway. He had got off the animals back for the purpose of opening the gate farthest from Redcar. He was holding the horse with one hand and reaching over to unfasten the gate with the other, when a goods train dashed up and knocked the horse 12 or 15 yards from the lad, who luckily lost his hold of the rein, or he would doubtless have followed. Mr John Holgate, veterinary surgeon, inspected the animal and said that its hip bone had been smashed to pieces, and that it would never be able to walk again. It was therefore destroyed. The loss to the owner is estimated at about fifteen pounds.
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