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Railroad Accident At Jackson

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From thfl Jnckaou Citizen of !., 20. Wbentha mail train on the Jael Limshig and Saginaw Rail rond which luit here yesterday UKirning at sixo'clocb '1 the bridge oer (rand rivor,a short distance north of the city corpora tion line and about two miles north of the depot) the ehgine stiuck a brokeu rail, and passed it in safety, but the two roar coaches, containing sonie twenty oi thirty passenge wem thrown from the truck, tnrned i complete summersaült and were thrown bottoin up, upon the iee. The inmatea wero thrown in a conheap to the forward end of both oars, togothur with broken seats, stoves and all the movablo contents of the Ca, and it is a miracle that the loss of lift.' and limli was nut t'ur . greator than it . -l to be aftei the work of extricali n was completed. The wounded to the number of ten or twelve were deposited in the bagggo oar, holes wore out in the iee and thu fire that had started in the wreek of the two cars oxtinguished, whilo tho engine 1 up with the remaining cars to the depot; the injured were taken to their rcsiiective homes, such as resido here, and tho strangers to the Hibbard House ; a new train was made up and went on its way with only about half an hour's delay. Mr. 8. H. Babcook, the agent of the Central' at this point, was indefatigable in hia endoavors to alleviate the sufferinga of the wounded in tho earliest possible time; the surgeon of the road, Dr. Tunniuliff, immediately set to work, and visitod and dressed the woimds of tliose who were helplesa ; while those who could walk repaired to the office of Dr. McLaughlih, and in a short time all were cared lor in the best possiblo maimer. The following is tho list of those wbo vere ko badly wounded as to postpone their journoy northward, though many who got on board the train again and started off were badly brused : Hon. 8. II. Blackman, of Paw Paw, member of the State Logislaturo from Van Buren coimty - severely injured in tho head and face, is still unoonseious at the presont wriing - injuries probably fataL Lieutenant-Gov. Holt - badly bruised in right knee and left side. Ed. Saliera, of Tic.kson. tlip p.nndupfnr of the train - hoad, face and all of one sido badly burnod Ly fire from the stove under which ho was caught, besides probable internal injuries. Condition eiitical. Mrs. Dunham, of Jackson - lost one eye, with no other iirjury. Mrs. D. had an infant in her arms and two other children with her, all of whoru escaped inTim Maloy, cooper, of Jackson - badly bruiscd in the head, iuternal injuries probably, but doing well. W. M. Brown, lawyer, of Saginaw city - bruieed in head uiid faoe, with concussion of the chest. Doing finely. J. F. Hubbell, of Howell- bruised and cut in face and legs. Isaac Bartow, of ïhree Ilivers - cut in cheek, lip and tongue. Able to go home. Misses Err. of New York,"visiting here and a Mr. Stephens of this city - slightly bruised, but probably not so badly us soine who continued their journey. Numerous niiraculous escapes are recounted by eyo witnesses, among the most wonderful of which were those of Mrs. Dunham's children and that of an aged lady, named Blakeman, who was deposited in the top of the car after it had been turned upsido down, and who was protected from the slightest injury by the seats lodging above and around lier in such a mannor as to keep everything f'rom her porson, while rnen, women and children were thrown over and around her, all being more or less hurt. Two children who were missod when the wreek was cleard, were fouud many rods distant on the ice, unhurt, having been thrown through the window on the first lurch of the car. The most providential escape from death, however, was the case of Mr. Sellers, the conductor, who found himself craniped up in one corner in the top of the coach, with the stove lying on hini, pouring out its fire and actually threatening him with burning alive, as several persons wore jammed in around him and he was unable to move exeept one arm, with which he fought the fire as he lay. He was extrioated in a few minutes, which seemed an age to him, and will recover speedily if he has escaped internal injuïius, whioh is doubtful. Altogether it was the most terrible and yet at the same time the least truotive oí Jite and iimb oí any ot lts magnitude that we have ever had to record. It was rumored that the fact of the broken rail had been reported to the trackmaster previous to the departure of the train, but thia is doubtful, and we are uwilling to believe that the accident can bo laid to the blanie of any ono.


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