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In Scotland, children playing with railway switches cause a fatal accident on the Scottish Northeastern Railway

Railroad Accidents, iconic image
01/27/1862
Three children playing with unlocked points at a railway siding on the Brechin branch of the Scottish Northeastern Railway were suspected of causing a fatal accident.  A passenger train from Brechin was travelling at normal speed on the main track when the points the children had left in the wrong position suddenly diverted it into the small siding where it crashed before the engineer was able to stop. The driver was killed and the fireman, along with several passengers, injured seriously. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicles, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1862 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1863), 59-60.

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