Instantly Killed Last Thursday Morning
Being Deaf, Failed to Hear Signal of Engineer ---- Was An Old Soldier
Lawrence West, aged 84, was struck by the northbound passenger train near the Butz sawmill early last Thursday morning and received injuries from which death immediately followed. The force of the blow threw him sixty feet clear of the track and broke all the larger bones of his body and bruised his skull. He was dead when the spectators reached him.
Mr West, who is quite deaf, had started from the Park Avenue crossing to walk toward the depot. He apparently from the testimony of the spectators to the accident, did not hear the oncoming train nor the signals of teh trainmen until the train was within a dozen feet of him. HE then made an effort to get off the track without success, but sufficient that he was thrown clear of the track and not ground under the cars.
The train continued to the station and discharged it's passengers and then backed up to the scene of the accident and gathered all the information possible and rendered such assistance as could be given before leaving Angola. Morris Hickery was the engineer. Dr P. N. Sutherland, the company's surgeon, was also called and he made an examination of the body and the nature of the injuries. The remains were taken to the Klink funeral home and prepared for burial.
The deceased was an estimable man who had lived his entire life in Steuben County. He served over three years in the Union army in the 30th Indiana Regiment, being discharged at Victoria, Texas in 1865 at teh age of 22 years.
Coroner Ford N. Swift held an inquest at the Klink establishment Saturday morning and after hearing the testimony of two eye witnesses to the accident, James Cline and Paul Butz, he returned a verdict of accidental death for which the railroad company was in no way responsible.