16 November 2015

On This Day: Kennedy looses foot in railroad accident


David Kennedy lost his foot after a railroad related accident, it was announced On This Day in 1881. Kennedy is a brakeman on engine No 287 or the Pennsylvania railroad. He lives in Columbia, Lancaster County.

The accident occurred in Downingtown, Chester County. A passing car ran over his foot. The foot was crushed so badly that it needs to be amputated. Kennedy was brought home to Columbia. 

Sources
Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 16 November 1881. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

 

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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.