27 January 2013

Boy killed by coal cart

A shocking accident happened on Friday in the Broad Street. - As a boy was running across the street from Long Acre, his foot slipped, and he fell before a loaded coal-cart, one of the wheels of which passing over his neck, killed him on the spot.  He was a fine boy of about 10 years of age, the son of a Shoemaker of the name of Reid, at Gilcomston, who, as well as the disconsolate mother, are in a situation of inexpressible distress.  It is but justice to add, that no blame seems to attach to the driver, who was carefully holding the halter of his horse; and although driving slowly, did not observe the sudden accident of the boy's fall, so as to prevent the melancholy consequence.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 27th January 1813.

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