Railway crossing hits woman on head and dies
Published on: Saturday, August 29, 2020
By: North Borneo News and Sabah Times
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(Jesselton, Monday, October 22, 1962)

JESSELTON, Saturday: A misadventure verdict was returned here yesterday by the Stipendiary Magistrate Mr I. R. Greene in the magistrate’s court here in an Inquest held into the death of a Chinese woman, Chau Yin Tai.

The magistrate commented: “I bring a verdict of Death by Misadventure, but I would add that I doubt very much the evidence given by the engine driver, and the gate-keeper.

“My own view is that the bar (at the level crossing) hit the woman on head. If this is so there is definite negligence on the part of the Railways employee, the gate-keeper. I consider a full enquiry should be held by the railway authorities.

The magistrate in his finding said the evidence at the Inquest had been far from satisfactory.

He said there was no doubt that deceased had been injured at the level crossing and that the injury she received on May 1 this year had been the ultimate cause of her death.

The gate-keeper and the driver of the train told the Inquest that she had been talking to a man on the JRC side of the railway line. The bar was lowered and suddenly the woman was seen on the ground inside the bar.

Neither the driver nor the gate-keeper could or would tell how the woman got to the place where she had been later picked up by Joseph Chen, the man she was talking to.


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