Obituaries - NJ - 1900 - Mary Ransford

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Obituaries - NJ - 1900 - Mary Ransford

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A Young Girl Killed

She Was Caught Between Two Freight Cars at Branchport

Mary Ransford, aged thirteen years, stepdaughter of William Reed of Branchport, was killed while crossing the tracks of the New York and Long Branch railroad at that place on Thursday night. The child, with a younger brother and sister, had been to the shore to see her stepfather land his boat. They were on their way home, and when they approached the crossing a freight train that was drilling at the station stood across the road. Mary's brother and sister crossed the track by going around in front of the engine. There was an open space between two cars and Mary started to cross the track through this space, when the cars were pushed together. When the two younger children got across the track they did not see their sister and they ran home and told what had happened. Later the dead body of Mary was found on the tracks. Her neck had been broken by the collision but there no other marks on her body. Coroner Flock viewed the body but did not deem an inquest necessary. The child had been warned not to cross the track and the coroner thought that her death was due to her own carelessness.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Nov 21, 1900