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Rushden Echo, 30th September 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson
Alarming Accident at Rushden

Rushden Feast Sunday was not allowed to pass over without an accident of a very serious nature, resulting in the death of a very valuable horse.

About 11.45pm, a Wollaston blacksmith named Lucas was driving down Victoria-road into High-street.  He turned the corner somewhat sharply, and when nearly opposite the Railway Inn he came into collision with a brake drawn by a couple of horses.  The brake had been hired from a jobmaster at Bedford by a party of Bedfordians who were desirous of visiting Rushden Feast, and who were then just commencing the return journey.  It is stated by some of the people who were either witnesses of the accident or who arrived at the scene shortly after the collision had occurred that the driver of the trap was not on the proper side of the road.  Be that as it may, the shaft of the trap penetrated the chest of one of the horses attached to the brake, inflicting injuries of a terrible character.  At first the serious nature of the accident to the animal was not noticed, and it was not until a light had been obtained that the critical condition of the horse was recognised.  Blood was flowing freely from the chest of the unfortunate animal, which was at once removed to the stables of the Railway Inn.  Here every effort was made to staunch the flow of blood, and the horse’s injuries were attended to, but without avail, the animal dying within five minutes from the time it entered the stable.

The value of the horse is estimated at £35.

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