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is unfortunate to note that the life of Dundonald station did not pass
without some serious accidents.
the body of a labourer named Alexander Auld was found on the line at
Dundonald station at
years later on
& County Down Railway
General Manager’s Report to the Board
Fatal Accident to Milesman Thomas Walker near Dundonald
on Friday 8th July
KILLED BY TRAIN AT DUNDONALD
YOUNG DONAGHADEE MAN
WHILE WORKING AT A FENCE
Thomas Walker (25), Hunter’s Lane,
Donaghadee, was killed when he was hit by a passing train at Dundonald
railway station this morning about half-past nine.
Walker, who was in the employment of the
Belfast and County Down Railway Company, was working at a fence at the
Belfast end of the platform.
A train to Donaghadee had just reached
Dundonald, and Walker, apparently unaware that a train from Donaghadee was
just arriving, stepped out behind the stationary train and was killed
He had severe head injuries, and Dr.
Nixon of Dundonald, who was called to the scene, could only pronounce life
The body was taken to the
RAILWAYMAN’S FATAL STEP
Donaghadee Man Who Was Killed
At an inquest in
Evidence by a fellow-worker, William
Thompson, senior porter, Dundonald, showed that
Linesman McGimpsey said that
deceased left him to go and get a bar and then the two trains passed each other.
Witness found him dead on the line.
Archibald Begg, driver of the train
leaving Belfast, said his engine was running tender first. He braked
approaching Dundonald and was keeping a look-out. He saw the train from
Donaghadee approach. Just at the end of the platform he saw a man in front of
the engine. He braked hard and the man disappeared, The head porter came up
and said: “You have killed a man; go on, you can do nothing.” Later, witness
found human hair and blood on the engine.
The Coroner (Mr. T. E. Alexander) said
the witness had nothing to reproach himself with. He could have done nothing
to avoid the accident.
Dr. R. S. Nixon described the injuries,
and said death was instantaneous from fracture of the skull and brain
A verdict of accidental death was
returned, the Coroner attaching no blame to anyone.
The Coroner, Mr. Anderson (for the
railway company), and the police expressed sympathy with the relatives, and
Mr. H. Graham, solicitor, Donaghadee, returned thanks.