William Crosby, brakeman on the Bridgton railroad, met with a serious though not fatal accident Monday. He was at the switch, at this end of the line, and as the engine slowly approached him from the direction of the engine house, he jumped upon the cowcatcher, from which he slipped and his right foot was caught between the rail and the side of the iron pony snow-plow, a space of only about two inches, cutting and mangling it in a shocking manner. The engine was stopped as soon as possible, and Mr. Crosby extricated and taken to his boarding place, Oscar Ham’s. Dr. Kimball, assisted by Drs. Mitchell and Lombard, dressed the wound–one of the worst kind–and there is some hope that amputation may not be necessary. This is the first accident worthy of note that has occurred on this road since it was opened, a period of over eight years. To be sure, a section hand employed on this line was killed some years ago, but he was on the P. & O. R. R. when it happened.
(This article was originally published by The Bridgton NEWS on January 22, 1892.)