Saturday, August 1, 2009

Two Ecorse men, walking tracks, killed by train

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 2, 1934.

No inquest is planned by Dr. David Robb, coroner, into the death of two Ecorse fishermen who were struck and instantly killed by an east bound passenger train neat Superior Wednesday evening about 6 o’clock.

The two men, Sam Dalton, 25, and Doc Hollis, 28, Negroes, both living on Thirteenth St. Ecorse, were members of a party of six who were fishing in the Huron River near the Superior Bridge. The two victims with a companion, Stillmore Murdock, 3919 Thirteenth St., Ecorse, were walking toward Ypsilanti at the time of the mishap; both Dalton and Hollis were on the eastbound tracks while Murdock was walking along the side of the rail. A west bound freight which was passing at the time made so much noise that neither of the tow men heard the approaching train, although Murdock shouted to warn them.

The engine threw one of the men clear of the rail killing him instantly, while the other was dragged several hundred feet and mangled almost beyond recognition.

The passenger train was in charge of Conductor J. E. Every, Detroit, and Engineer Bert Conklin, Jackson.

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