William Rushfort, 37 years old, of Hamilton, was instantly killed when struck by the C.N.R. eastbound express 102, at Grimsby East about 10:30 on Monday morning.
For the past 10 days the wig-wag signal and bell system that operated on the Grimsby East crossing has been out of use, owing to the steel rails being changed, and a watchman has been on duty at the crossing. The work of changing the steel, so far as it affected the signal system, was competed on Saturday and on Monday, Rushfort, who had charge of all the automatic signal apparatus in this district, came down from Hamilton to connect up the system.
He was working about a 100 yards west of the Grimsby East station bonding the connections of the signal system to the track and apparently did not hear 102 approaching from the west. After being struck he was hurled and carried for a distance of about 75 yards. His body was badly broken from the blow, but only one small cut on his face was made.
Coroner Dr. Elmore, of Beamsville, was called to the scene, as was County Constable Konkle, who examined the body. Over $275 in money was found on the deceased.
Coroner Elmore ordered an inquest and this will be held in Beamsville on Monday next. The body was turned over to undertaker Buck, of Beamsville, and prepared for burial.
Deceased man leaves a widow.