Tidbits from Then and Now
November 23,1914 Rutland Herald
Submitted by Mickey Kelly and Fred Remington
A Fatal Accident
Two Young Women Killed On East Creek Bridge
Miss Winifred Brothers and Miss Mary Burns, both of West Rutland, were struck by a switching train on the west side of the East creek railroad bridge about 5 0’clock yesterday evening and fatally injured. They were taken to the Rutland city hospital were Miss Brothers died at 7:30. Miss Burns died shortly after midnight.
Miss Brothers was injured mainly about the head, the base of the skull being fractured. Miss Burns lost both legs below the knee. Both young ladies were first taken from the bridge to the office of the Columbian Marble company, were Drs. Hammond, Townsend, Marstin and Steans and Father O’Neill placed them in the wagon of Jack Bean, the Berwick house porter and they were carried to the hospital.
At the time of the accident the two young women and others were on their way from the shirt factory in Center Rutland, where it had been their custom, it is said, to take the Clarendon and Pittsford train to West Rutland. C.L. Lynch, conductor who had charge of the switching engine, said last evening: “We left the Rutland yard at 5:25 o’clock for Center Rutland with three freight cars ahead of the engine. As we got to the East creek bridge I saw three people on the bridge, but did not know who they were. I hollered and they did not seem to pay any attention, but turned around facing the train and just as we struck them I saw they were girls. One girl told me afterward that she heard me call and thought it was a hand car. I had a lantern in my hand at the time of the accident. I was on the end of the forward car. Three cars and the engine passed over the girls.”
Herbert Moore, the engineer, says: “The first I knew about it was when Conductor Lynch told me to stop the train. He told me that two girls had been run over. One was found 30 or 40 feet from the bridge and the other about half that distance. The cars were coupled to the engine at the West street crossing.”
Miss Catherine Daly who was with the girls at the time of the accident said: “Mary Burns, Winnie Brothers and I were coming across the iron bridge, I was a little ahead of the other two girls. I heard a rumbling behind me and thought it was a hand car. I then heard a man on the freight car holler and turning, I saw the cars coming. The girls that were injured saw the cars at the same time, but were struck almost immediately afterward. I had reached the end of the bridge and the train shot by me. I raced back and found both girls laying on the track between the rails. I caught hold of Mary Burns’ dress and she seemed to be partially conscious. I ran to the office of the shirt factory and notified the manager, who telephoned for a doctor. Miss Brothers was always afraid to go across the bridge and Miss Burns made a practice of helping her across.”
Miss Brothers (the correct name is Brodeur) was born in Canada. She was 21 years old and lived with her mother, Mrs. Elisa Brothers, in West Rutland. The body was taken to West Rutland last night. She leaves five sisters and one brother, George Brothers of this city.
Miss Burns was the daughter of John Burns of West Rutland. She has 23 years old and leaves three brothers.
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