The State Paper Friday November 7 1902 pg 5 col 3
An Old Gentleman Killed
Attempted to Cross Track at Dillon Ahead of a Freight Train
Special to the State.
Dillon---Nov 6---Mr Arter Hamilton, ages 75 years, was killed at 12 o'clock today
by the south-bound through freight train. The old gentleman attempted to pass over from
the east to the west side at the crossing just north of the depot platform, and was
looking south at a train that was taking the siding and failed to see or hear the
approaching train from the opposite direction which was but a short distance from him,
and although the station signal had been blown and the bell was ringing, he failed to
appreciate his danger. The conductor of the train was in the cab with the engineer
and saw Mr Hamilton just as the pilot struck him. He told the engineer at once what
had happened and the train, which was running at about 15 miles an hour, was stopped
within its length. When Mr Hamilton's body was taken from the pilot it was found that
his injuries were of a very serious nature. Dr Badger, the local surgeon, was called
at once and finding life not extinct, had him removed from the roadbed to an adjacent
building where he died in about five minutes. Upon a surgical examination it was
discovered that his right thigh and left leg were broken. The body was turned over
to relatives and the coroner notified.
Mr Hamilton was one of four brothers, three living in and near Dillon,
the other, Dr Tom Hamilton, at Marion.
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 10 Oct 2003.
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