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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - William Heckman
Killed By Trains
William Heckman, aged sixteen years, son of Gustave W. Heckman, a confectioner at Freehold, was killed by a freight train on Friday
afternoon. He boarded a Pennsylvenia freight train, to steal a ride, as it left the station, At the main street crossing, a few
yards from his home, he attempted to jump from the train but missed his footing and fell under the cars. He was carried four blocks
under the wheels before the train could be stopped. Both legs and one arm were severed from the body and his abdomen was crushed in.
He died about an hour after the accident. It is a custom of Freehold boys to steal rides on freight trains and the railroad companies
have adopted various means to prevent it, but without success.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jul 24, 1901
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