Accident Cuts Brakeman’s Body in Two

Baltimore Sun headline
Baltimore Sun headline

You read that correctly. This is a ghastly accident that we read about in The Baltimore Sun, printed on May 8th, 1911.

Falling between freight cars being switched in the lower yards at Locust Point, J. C. Wood, 28 years old, 2137 Harford avenue, a Baltimore and Ohio railroad brakeman, was run over early yesterday morning and instantly killed. When the body was found the wheels of the cars has passed over it, cutting it almost in two.

Wow. Not something you’d read in the papers today.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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