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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Dennis Dugan


Struck By A Train

Dennis Dugan Killed At Middletown

He Had Gone to New York to see the Fitzsimmons-Ruhlin Prize Fight, and Got Broke-He Was Walking Back When Killed

Dennis Dugan of Glens Falls, New York, who has been employed for some time by the Tintern water company in laying pipes from its reservoir to Red Bank, was struck by a train at Middletown on Monday morning while walking on the railroad track and was instantly killed.

Dugan and Jerry Sullivan, a fellow workman, went to New York last Friday night to see the Fitzimmons-Ruhlin fight. They got broke in New York and early Monday morning they started to work their way to Red Bank. Part of the way they stole a ride on freight trains and part of the way they walked. From Matawan they started to walk to Red Bank. They reached Middletown about half-past eight oíclock. As they neared the Middletown station a train approached from Red Bank. Their attention was fixed on this train and they did not hear a train coming up behind them. This train was a special and was taking a company of soldiers to the state camp at Sea Girt. Sullivan heard the train coming up from behind just in time to escape it, but Dugan was unable to get off the track. The engine struck him and threw him a considerable distance, breaking his neck and one of his legs. He died instantly.

Duganís body was taken to the freight station at Middletown and Coroner Tetley of Red Bank was sent for. A jury was empaneled, composed of Donick Stenson, Joseph Gilson, Herbert Pease, Richard Lufburrow, William Story and Isaac Morris. The jury viewed the body and the scene of the accident and adjourned to hold an inquest later.

Duganís parents were communicated with and they asked that the body be sent home. Undertaker Robert T. Smith took charge of the body and yesterday it was sent to Glens Falls. Dugan was about 25 years old.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, August 15, 1900

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