Monday, October 30, 2006

Area Man Killed In Steam
Road Roller Accident

October 1911--Gilbert Rutledge suffered one of Coshocton's most horrible accidents when he was caught in the drive shaft of a steam road roller. He was ground and burned to death.

According to the Coshocton Daily Age, Rutledge had a "presentiment of approaching danger" and told a friend he did not want to go to work that fateful Saturday morning.

Eyewitness John Norris said Rutledge's shirt sleeve became entangled in a projecting bolt and his body was drawn against the fire box. His arm and neck were wrapped entirely around the drive shaft.

A number of curious onlookers visited Rutledge's body at Wolfe's morgue and were horrified by the sight of the victim's burned and badly mangled body.


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