Monday, December 5, 2011

Mrs. Durham killed by M. C. Train

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, December 6, 1911.

Mrs. Frank Durham of 226 Prospect Street was struck by an eastbound M.C.R.R. freight train this morning at 9 o’clock and instantly killed. She was attempting to cross the tracks at Grove Street when the gate keeper, it is claimed, warned her to wait for an eastbound train that was approaching. She did not heed the warning, however, and went in front of the closed gates. The train which was going almost at full speed threw her fully 30 feet, breaking nearly every bone in her body. The body was taken to the M.C. baggage room and Coroner Burchfield summoned. An inquest, however, was considered unnecessary.

Just who she did not heed the gate man’s warning is not known but it is thought, that she was under the impression that she could cross before the second train pulled in. Mr. Durham is working in Detroit and she had left her two small children at home with her husband’s brother and was hurrying home that he might take the next train for Detroit.

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