Thomas F. Smith

 
The Cartersville American
Cartersville, Georgia
May 6, 1884, page 3
 
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Sad Accident.

Mr. Thomas F. Smith, an old man of some seventy-five or eighty years, and for many years a resident of Cartersville, was knocked from the track at the Puckett crossing just below town, by the down passenger train last Wednesday morning, killing him instantly. He had been to the river fishing, and was returning home to dinner. He was in the act of crossing the track when the train struck him. Mr. Smith was very infirm, and could neither see nor hear well. The train was said to have been running at the rate of thirty miles an hour at the time. An inquest was held over the body, and several witnesses were examined as to the rate the train was running, and whether or not the proper signals were given. A verdict was returned in accordance with the facts, but neither attaching blame to, nor exonerating the railroad company. A great many seem to think that if the engineer of the train had exercised due caution the sad accident would not have happened. It was on a public crossing in broad daylight. The engineer swore, however, that the customary signals were given as they approached the crossing. Mr. Smith leaves an aged wife without means of support.

 

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