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In Years Past

June 13, 2014

In 1914, three men were killed, two injured in another grade crossing accident at the notorious Forsyth or Ripley crossing of the main road and the Lake Shore Railroad on this morning. The accident happened when an automobile, racing to get through the crossing, was hit fairly amidships by an eastbound train on the Lake Shore Railroad. The dead were Fred G. Bird, 51, of Dunkirk, foreman of the boiler shop of the Brooks plant of the American Locomotive Company; George B. Bird, his son, 30 years and Otto E. Walters also of Dunkirk, former Police Commissioner. The bodies of Fred Bird and Walters were carried on the pilot of the engine nearly a half mile before the train was stopped.



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