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Grantham Journal
Saturday 12th June 1869
Fatal accident to a porter

A shocking accident occurred on the Great Northern Railway at Aslockton station on Wednesday last. It appears that the fast train leaving Grantham ar 3.32 for Nottingham pulls up at Aslockton only when signal is given to take up passengers. On Wednesday the train left Grantham as usual, and there being no signal given the driver dashed ahead. A little girl, who was in the station, by some means suddenly made her way across tje metals as the train was approaching at full speed. A porter name William Cressy, seeing the danger that might arise, with heroic courage, followed and pulled her away. But unfortunately, in saving the life of the girl, the poor fellow was caught about the back of the neck or shoulder and dashed with tremendous force upon the platform, a distance of many yards. The officials immediately ran to his assistance, but the man was frightfully mutilated and died almost immediately. Medical aid was at once procured from Bingham, but to no purpose.

The deceasd was a young man, had only been marriede a few months, and was brother-in-law to Mr. Andrews, the late Station Master.

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