Reno Evening Gazette
Reno Evening Gazette
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Description: MUTILATION AND DEATH
- John McGaskill.

Date: December 21 1885

Newspaper published in: Reno

Source: Newspaper

Page/Column: 3 / 4

A Man Mortally Injured by a Railroad Train.

On Saturday evening just as the V. & T. express was pulling up in front of the Depot Hotel, John McGaskill, who for the last ten or twelve years had been a resident of Reno, started from the Pyramid House to walk across the track and was knocked down by the pilot and run over by the engine and tender.
Engineer Tom Clarke applied the air brakes and stopped the train within a distance of 20 feet, and when the injured man was taken from under the car it was found that one of his legs was cut completely off below the knee and his other was badly crushed. Dr. Bergstein was called and he proceeded at once to staunch the flow of blood and soon afterward the sufferer was moved to the hospital where he died yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. Deceased had purchased a ticket from Truckee, and at the time of the accident was on his way to the depot to take the train for that place. His valise, which he said contained $105 in gold notes and greenbacks, was found to be torn open by the car wheels, and before it was known to the officers that it contained money, some thief had robbed the dying man. He leaves a wife and two children, a girl of 7 and a boy of five years of age. No blame attaches to Engineer Clarke, who had no idea the man was going to attempt to cross the track, until he stepped over the rail. The verdict of the Coroner's jury was in accordance with the above facts.

Submitted: 07/05/08

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