Crossing, near Silloth. The house at the Crossing is occupied by Joseph REED,
platelayer, and his son, a boy of about twelve years of age, was engaged in opening
the gate about the time of 9.45 a.m. passenger train being due.
He had, however, been too late in commencing the work, and when he got one
gate opened and was in the act of opening the other the train came up. The
driver observing how matters stood at once shut off the steam and reversed his
engine, making every endeavour to stop short of the obstruction. His efforts
to do so however were futile, and the train dashed into the gate, causing it
to strike the lad, and injuring him severely about the head.
On the train being brought to a standstill the men in charge of it went back
and carried the boy into the house, and on arrival of the train at Silloth
medical assistance was sent for and Dr. JOHNSTONE was speedily in attendance.
The boy is now progressing satisfactorily.