Returning to the junction about six o’clock the car was left standing on the Credit Valley track awaiting the arrival of the Grand Trunk engine to take it back to the city. While waiting the excursionists were amusing themselves making speeches, when suddenly the Grand Trunk engine came up the track, running at a speed of about fifteen miles and hour; the switchman, Mayne, opened the Credit Valley switch, and in a few seconds the engine ran into the stationary car almost demolishing it.
Some of the occupants of the car saw the coming engine in time to jump, and amongst those was Mr. Gooderham, but unfortunately, he struck against a pile of railroad ties, breaking both legs and receiving such severe injuries that he died on Sunday morning.”
Excerpt from Remarkable Occurrences -1879
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1879 A Sad Railway Accident
A sad railway accident occurred near Toronto resulting in the death of James Gooderham, son of William Gooderham.
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