06 June 1863
Fatal Accident at Penrith
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SATURDAY 6th JUNE 1863
FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT PENRITH
A horrible fatality occurred at the Penrith Railway Station on Monday evening in connection with the four o'clock mail train from Preston to Carlisle, the result being the fearful mutilation and instant death of an old man named Dennison, whose duty it was to convey the mail bags from the post office to the railway station. It seems that the unfortunate man, accompanied by two assistants, proceeded as usual to the station with the mail bags, and placed them on the apparatus contrived for their being taken off into the post-office van, without the stopping of the train. Dennison's
assistants appear to have left him at the station, and whether he had got on to the line and was run over, or he had been standing too near the edge of the platform and the train coming up at full speed, caught some part of his dress and hurled him down headlong, is at present unknown ; but this is certain that one of Dennison's assistants returning to the station, found his lifeless corpse, with the head fearfully smashed, the legs torn away and other frightful injuries.