Man crushed to death by small-gauge rail car

  • Updated: October 14, 2007 - 11:53 AM

A caboose tipped over at a small-gauge railroad demonstration Saturday west of Northfield, Minn., killing a volunteer who tried to prevent the accident.

William Paget, 68, of Savage, was serving as the brakeman on the caboose, the only rail car attached to the engine as it rounded a curve at less than walking speed, the Rice County Sheriff's Office said.

Paget jumped off the rear of the caboose and tried to keep it from tipping over, but the car fell on him about 2:30 p.m., the statement said. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene, which was on private property in Webster Township.

Three adults and five children were in the caboose, the statement said.

DAVID SHAFFER

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