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Meldoubne, De.\ 2, 7-55 p.m.

A shocking railway accident occurred at 6.30 this evening on the Melbourne and Hawthorne railway line. The special train returning from a land sale at Boxhill passed the Hawthorne station without stopping, and when it had turned the corner of Richmond Park came into violent collision with the train from Melbourne to Hawthorne, travelling on the same line of rails at a speed of twenty miles an. hour. The engine of the Melbourne train was driven through a first-class carriage next it, which it completely telescoped, the engine penetrating the greater portion of the vehicle. The second and third carriages of the Hawthorne train were likewise telescoped, the wheels of one carriage resting on the seats of the other. There were many passengers in the train at the time of the collision, and twenty to thirty are injured (several very badly), and the cases of some are deemed hopeless. So far as is at present known, however, none were killed outright. Particulars received regarding the railway collision last evening show that two carriages in each train were completely smashed up. One, next to the engine of the train from Melbourne, was- driven right through the next carriage. The scene at the accident was most distressing. Several of the passengers were only extricated from the wreck with extreme

difficulty. Many':<Sf tWet injured were fearfdHy cut about'the head, and several have, broken legs, arms, . and ribs, and internal and ispipal injuries. Thirtynitte df 'the. sufferers are--now in Melbourne? ■ .Hospital, - n. in A|berl;i no prominent citizens have been hurt* train from Boxhill passing Hawthorne without, stopping -to allow, the other from .Melbourne, to pass, rlhereis great excitemen tjnii&wn overtbe catastrophe, and the Melbourne newspaper -officesj are crowded with persons anxious fori news. According to the latest information, W. Thomas has died from thd effects of the injuries received, and Ross is in a hopeless state. Up to Sunday at midnight no further fatalities had been reported. [REUTER’S TELEGRAMS —COPYRIGHT.] [Received Dec. 4, 12.40 p. mi.] Melbourne, To-day. ‘ The total number of those injured by : the Richmond railway accident is now known to exceed fifty, and by some thej number is estimated at fully seventy.: Many of the sufferers proceeded to. their homes. The injured include Mr. Taylor, auctioneer, and Mr Pye, his clerk. Mr Dalgety’s clerk had his leg fractured, and Mr Andrew Jack is suffering from severe injury to his head. Miss Berry, daughter of the ex-Premier r is suffering from a severe shock to the 1 system, and Councillor Cavanagh from* internal injuries. Messrs Crowther and Ross are dangerously wounded, and their condition is critical. Many others are seriously injured.

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TERRIBLE RAILWAY ACCIDENT NEAR MELBOURNE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 809, 4 December 1882

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TERRIBLE RAILWAY ACCIDENT NEAR MELBOURNE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 809, 4 December 1882