Terrible Accident At The Midland Station

A Man Crushed To Death

Bradford, Daily Telegraph, December 15, 1894

Shortly before five o’ clock this evening a shocking accident happened at the Midland Station, Bradford. A train was steaming into the station when a man was observed to step from a carriage. He lost his foothold, slipped between the carriage and the platform, and was horribly mutilated.

Further particulars show that the man attempted to alight from the five o’ clock train from Leeds before it stopped. He fell between the train and the platform. He was removed with all speed to the luggage office and attended to. He was quite unconscious, if not already dead.

A medical examination proved that the poor fellow was dead. The whole available staff at the station rendered every available assistance, and bandaged the man’s limbs, but he was beyond any such aid. He only moved once after being taken into the parcel office, where he was laid on a truck. The man’s name has been ascertained to be George Schofield, whitesmith, of Tyersal Building Ground, Laisterdyke.

From the evidence of travellers by the same train it seems that the deceased joined the train at Shipley. With the exception of a young man he was alone in the compartment in which he rode. The train was steaming into the Bradford station, and had 150 yards to go, when he essayed to alight. Mr George Swain, photographer, of Luton, who is at present living in Horsforth, was looking out of the window of the next compartment at the time. He saw deceased jump on to the platform, stagger, and with one hand holding the carriage door handle, fall with one foot between the footboard and platform. He was dragged down to the level of the waist, and then turned round “as if in a whirlpool” thirty or forty times, and disappeared. As quickly as possible he was extricated and removed into the parcel office by Porters J Martin, Wright and Payne. Inspectors Garners and Evans were also in attendance. The man’s injuries consist of a fracture to the right fore arm, a severe scalp wound, and a fractured thigh. It is also believed that there are serious internal injuries resulting from the crushing between the footboard and the platform.

Dr Taylor was called to the deceased, and pronounced life extinct. He attributed death to shock to the nervous system. The body of the deceased was conveyed to the mortuary in the horse ambulance. It appears that the deceased was in the employ of Messrs Taylor and Parsons, ironmongers, of Bradford, and leaves a widow and three children.