Obituaries - NJ - 1900 - John McCormick

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Obituaries - NJ - 1900 - John McCormick

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Killed By a Train

John McCormick Instantly Killed at Middletown

John McCormick, aged about 23 years, was struck and instantly killed by a Pennsylvania express train yesterday while walking on the railroad track at Middletown. McCormick had been to Matawan and Keyport on his bicycle. A short distance north of the railroad bridges at Middletown he left his bicycle along the bank and was walking on the track toward Red Bank when he was struck by the express train due at Middletown at 4:47. The train stopped and went back to the scene of the accident. McCormick was dead. He was not much cut , but his legs, arms and other bones in his body were broken.

The body was taken to the freight station at Middletown and Coroner Tetley of Red Bank was summoned. He was satisfied after investigating the facts that McCormick's death was accidental and he did not deem an inquest necessary. Why McCormick left his bicycle on the bank and started to walk on the railroad track is not known. He had stopped at Middletown in the morning and had his bicycle pumped up. No one in the vicinity of the accident had seen him since morning.

McCormick had been employed at Brookdale farm for the past four years. He was a son of Richard McCormick, who until a few years age was a farmer at Crawford's Corner, but who now lives at Keyport. His mother has been dead for a number of years. He leaves three sisters, Mary, Delia, and Agnes McCormick. He was unmarried.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Dec 5, 1900