1902 08 08 Andover

1902 August 8th       Andover – A Terrible Experience

On Wednesday morning Robert Burridge, a railway porter, was wheeling a truck laden with luggage along the Midland side of the up platform of the Junction station when a hamper rolled off on to the permanent way. Fancying he could save it, Burridge jumped down right in front of the fast train to Cheltenham, which was running in from Southampton at the time. In snatching at the hamper he slipped, and those on the platform were horrified to see him fall right on the engine. The guard iron in front of the leading wheels caught him and he was carried along a score of yards before the train stopped. On being picked up he was found to be alive and was promptly removed to the Cottage Hospital. Here an examination disclosed the marvelous fact that the man had no bones broken, although badly bruised about the ribs. It is a wonderful escape from a fearful death.


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