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ALAMO RAILWAY' ACCIDENT.

A TRAIN BLOWN OVER A GULLY SEVENTY FEET DEEP. .

Several Passengers Killed, and Others Injured.

Wellington, Sept. 11,

News has just been received of an alarming, accident on the WellingtonFeatberston line. A telegram received by Government states that the Featherston train was blown over at Liberia, and two carriages and a van wrecked. Some passengers were injured, but it is not known how many. Assistance has been sent up, and full particulars telegraphed for. , Later. The railway accident is causing great excitement in town, as generally the Saturday trains are more crowded than on other days. A special train, taking medical assistance, left here at noon. 3.56 p.m. - Later information from the scene of the train disaster shows that the carriages had a drop of 70 feet. The engine and tender remained on the line. A later telegram states that Miss Pharazyn, daughter of a well-known station-owner at Wairarapa, is killed ; also, two girls, named Nicholas and Quinri. A large number have been injured. It is feared more are killed than ai - e yet reported. The train was from Featherston. 3 p.m. A later telegram states that about six adults are badly injured, and have been taken to the hospital. Two other children, named Pharazyn and Nicholls, were taken on to Featherstone. They were severely injured, but are expected to recover. Further Details. Wellington, Sept. 12. The special train returned from the scone of the accident late last night. It appears that the train left Featherston as usual, yesterday morning, their being two carriages, and a van in front of the engine, and two loaded goods waggons and a brake van behind it. The train reached halfway up the Rimutaka incline in safety, but immediately after emerging from the deep cutting a terrific gust caught the first carriage, with the first and secondclass passengers, and threw it over the embankment. The second carriage followed, and the weight of the two drew the van over. Fortunately the couplings of the carriages and van held, arid thus prevented the train from going to the bottom of the embankment, which is stated to be nearly 200 feet in depth. Immediately the accident was noticed the brake van in rear of the train ran down the incline, and across the creek for assistance. Almost. instantaneously after the first carriage left the line the body was carried away from the bed and literally smashed, the passengers being thrown to the bottom among the debris. It was at first feared that the whole of the passengers—about fifteen in number—were killed. Assistance being at hand, the work of rescuing passengei’s was commenced. In the second carriage, which had been thrown over on its side, it was found that out of twelve occupants, one lad named Quinn, aged three years, son of a publican at Greytown, was killed, it is supposed through suffocation. The other passengers, some of whom were rather severely injured, were got out of the wrecked carriage as soon as possible, and placed in safety. Among those who were thrown from the first carriage was Miss Pharazyn, aged eleven years, daughter of Captain Pharazyn, a wellknown station-holder at Featherston. She was killed instantaneously, and it is thought, as she bore no marks of injury, that her neck was broken. A lad named Nicholas, aged eight years, was also killed. The remaining passengers were all more or less injured, those not seriously injured doing all in their power to alleviate, the sufferings of others. The injured passengers were removed on to the line, where a train was waiting to bring them on to Kaitoki. About an hour after this medical assistance arrived from Wellington, and the wounded were attended to. Hare and Jackson and a man, name unknown, were sent to the Greytown Hospital, their injuries beingvery serious. The o.hers came on to Wellington. The force of the wind may be imagined when it is said that two loaded waggons in the rear of the engine were, subsequently to the carriages, capsized, but fortunately not thrown over the embankment. The line was cleared again at a late hour last night. The injured, so far as pan be ascertained, aro Mrs Philips, dislocated wrist and internal injuries ; Mesdames Hodge and Quinn, slightly bruised; Miss Pharazyn and Master Nicholas, injured about the ■ head, not serious ; Messrs. M‘Kenzie drover, left shoulder dislocated, right hand injured, besides injuries to the head ; James Crouch, badly cut about the head and legs ; Quinn, a publican at Greyt6wn, bruised about the body; Walter Dunn, two or three ribs broken : Madden, blacksmith, bruised about the head ; Haro, runholder, Masterton, large wound on the forehead, from which it is feared erysipelas will sot in : Jackson, saddler, Greytown, concussion of the spine and partly paralysed ; a man, name unknown, and Donald, of Featherston, severely injured about the head ; A. Blakely, clerk, of Wellington, contusion about the head and hips ; Roddrick, of Featherston, injured about hea,d ; not serious ; Hickson, of Wellington, injured about the shoulders, not serious; Mrs Pye, aged 60, bruised and internally injured ; and four of Mr. Quinn’s children were slightly injured. The report that Mr, W. Rolleston’s daughter had been killed by the accident is incorrect, as she was .not in the train. An inquest will be held at Featherston tomorrow.

Wellington, Sept. 13.

Bishop, a carpenter, was one of those injured by the railway accident, he having an ear cut off, and his face badly bruised. A telegram from Greytown this morning states that the wounded are progressing as favorably as could be expected. Mr. Lawson, Commissioner of Railways, held a private enquiry into the accident yesterday, for the purpose of submitting a re port to the Minister for. Public Works. It is understood Mr. Lawson issued instructions that when \\jas any wind at all, trains going up the incline must have an engine in front and behind. Young Nicholas was.delirious last night, and it is doubtful if he will recover. Jackson is still in a critical condition.

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ALAMO RAILWAY' ACCIDENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 152, 14 September 1880

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ALAMO RAILWAY' ACCIDENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 152, 14 September 1880

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