George Stephenson, Opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway
It was at this opening that the tragic death of the M.P. William Huskisson occured. Having served in many prominent positions in his life, as MP for Liverpool from 1823-1830, he is perhaps best known for the doubtful distinction of being the first fatal railway casualty. He was killed at the opening ceremony . Following the accident George Stephenson personally drove his engine "The Rocket" to Eccles in an attempt to save Huskisson's life. In so doing he set up a world speed record by travelling the 15 miles in 25 minutes, averaging a speed of 35 miles per hour.
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