An inquest was held on Monday, May 10, at the Schoolroom, Beddgelert, before T. Hunter Hughes, Esq., deputy coroner, on the body of John Jennings, a boy of twelve years old, who was killed by being run over by the waggon attached to a traction engine. It appears that deceased and his mother, who were tramps, walked on Monday from Portmadoc towards Beddgelert, and when by Pant-yr-oer deceased said he was very tired, and at his request she walked on, leaving him to rest. The steam traction engine came past soon afterwards, and deceased was seen by the driver of the engine to get on one of the trucks attached. He was not again noticed by the driver; but a woman, who was in one of the trucks, saw him getting out when near the entrance to the village. He seemed to get out carefully, and she was not aware but that he got out allright. Deceased was, however, found shortly afterwards by Mr. Humphreys of the Goat Hotel lying in a heap on the road, and on going to him it was found that his head had been fearfully crushed by the wheel of the wagon. A verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.
The Cambian News, 14 May 1880