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On Monday evening an accident of a somewhat serious nature occured on the road near Corkickle. It appears that the lorry, which was conveying the mails from the Post Office to Corkickle station, and a trap, whaich was coming down the hill from the direction of Heasingham, collided at the turning opposite the Park gates, and the driver of the horse attached to the lorry (G GASKELL) was thrown on to the road, while the horse was mortally injured. The accident happened shortly before half-past seven, and the road at the corner was rather dark, the public lamps being some distance away. J. SATTERTHWAITE, the postman who had charge of the mails, and was sitting on the rear portion of the lorry, jumped down as soon as he could, and went to look for GASKELL. The two occupants of the trap, one of whom was Mr. W BLACK, of Cleator Moor, also alighted, and went to the assistance of GASKELL, who was lying between the horse's feet and the wheels of the lorry. GASKELL, who still had hold of the reins, was soon extricated, and an examination of the conveyances was afterwards made. It was then found that one of the shafts of the trap had been broken, while the lorry escaped damage. SATTERTHWAITE, knowing the importance of getting the mails despatched, left the occupants of the trap to look after GASKELL, and drove on to the station. After the mails had been transferred to the train, SATTERTHWAITE discovered that the horse had been very badly injured, there being a deep wound in its side, which had evidently been caused by the shaft of the trap. The horse was at once taken out of the shafts, and SATTERTHWAITE started to lead it to the stables of its owner, Mr. W. CHEETHAM, New Street; but after going a short distance the poor animal fell down and expired. In the meantime GASKELL, who complained of having been kicked in the side, was removed in the trap to his home in Catherine Street, and Dr. MUIR was called in. Yesterday he was confined to his bed.