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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:11 am 
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The Preston Guardian

Saturday 24 March 1855

Fatal Accident

On Saturday, as Mr. Jas. Hargreaves, inn-keeper, of the White Lion, Burnley, was proceeding homewards with a funeral hearse, which had conveyed the body of Mrs. Read, of Rossendale, to St. Peter's Church, Burnley, he was precipitated from the driver's seat into the road. On seeing the accident, several persons forming part of the funeral cort├Ęge went to his assistance, and he was lifted into one of the cars and immediately taken home, where Dr. Brown, in the absence of Mr. Smirthwaite, the medical attendant of the family, bound up a wound on his forehead. On a subsequent examination by Mr. Smirthwaite it was found that his back was broken, and that he was otherwise severly injured; and, notwithstanding every attention was paid to him by that gentleman, who called in the assistance of Mr. Edwin Jackson, M.D., he lingered until Wednesday morning, when death put an end to his excruciating sufferingsm in the 47th year of his age - so true it is "that in the midst of life we are in death." From what we have heard, it appears that when the hearse was descending Dirpley, which us a steep declivity, near the Towneley's Arms, the bolt of the shafts came out, and the deceased was looking downwards to see what was the matter, when a sudden jerk threw him off, and the fatal accident occurred.

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