On Friday afternoon as one of Mr. Stone's engines and thrashing machines was at work
at Spring Grove, one of the straps left the wheel it was driving. The driver (William
Owen) put on the strap, the machine being still in motion; but his left arm was caught;
and he was drawn up from the ground, and the strap cut his arm off between the elbow
and shoulder, the limb being carried some distance. As speedily as possible Mr. Randolph
attended, and did all that skill could suggest: and then recommended the poor follow
to be taken to the Taunton Hospital. This was done; but on Sunday morning he died
having suffered very little pain.
DEATH AT THE HOSPITAL.
An inquest was opened at the Taunton and Somerset Hospital on Wednesday afternoon,
before Mr. W. W. Munckton, upon the body of Wm. Owen. The only evidence taken was
that of the house-surgeon (Mr. G. W. Rigden) and the porter, to the effect that deceased
was brought to the institution in a trap on Friday evening, having lost his left
arm, and that he died on Sunday morning from the effects of the accident, which,
according to the statement of the persons who took him, arose from the belt of a
thrashing machine flying off while deceased was putting another on. The deceased,
who worked for Mr. Spurway, at Milverton, gave the house-surgeon the same account.
As, however, there was no direct evidence to show how the accident occurred, the
inquiry was adjourned to yesterday afternoon, when Robert Gage was examined, and
deposed that the deceased drove the engine attached to a travelling thrashing-machine,
belonging to Mr. Stone, of Crowford, and was a single man, about 36 years of age.
On Friday, while thrashing at Mr. Spurway's, Spring-grove, about three o'clock in
the afternoon, the belt of the straw-shaker fell off, the engine being in full motion.
The men called out to deceased to stop the engine, but he only stopped half the motion,
and while replacing the belt on the pulley his left arm became entangled with the
other belts, and after being raised about seven yards Owen fell to the ground, and
his left arm, which had been, torn off, dropped after him. Deceased was at once removed
to Mr. Randolph's, surgeon, at Milverton, and thence to the Taunton Hospital.—William
Bailey gave a similar account of the accident.—The Coroner having spoken of it as
a sad example of the result of carelessness, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental