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Shocking Railway Accident.

l : ; LOSS OP LIFE.Ti.j', I""';;, '„ \i(l'Eß PRESS/ASSOCIA^ON/);' 1} -.;'.'•'-:_ -■'•;., S.YPNKyV April! 24. A terrible railway accident happened at Bathurst to-night. A great crash , like an explosion was heard about 7 o'clock, proceeding, from ]tb.e gates in Russel street wKere \n Venj^nb ."was found with its jEront crushed atoms, 'as well as some (caTriag^£tf& trucks, and there were several dead bodies found lying about; ' /'-> "- f<t „'.' It appears that aimixetftr^in^ft for Sydney at 6.30 p.mi, >> and '; whfari. near Raglan, several couplings ''os^ way, and many trucks cameidow^fth^igzag past Raglan at a;-great 'Speied and dashed,through ,;Kelso.,>tatipn. At Bathurst a goods' train just about to start for Sydney failed to get out of the way of the runaway trucks, and a terrible collision resulted.

The loss iof : life at jpresent is not definitely known, but five bodies have beeit discovered. .. Some,.ofj these persons'" have been kmed iby vthe shock, while <)thers.were, dreadfully r iautilat«L .. ■■- > ,\-:l -.<■{ "1> Lafcw. - The guards-van and pasaenger carriages, ".were /.completely i^escoped by the engine and train from Bourke^ wKicfi aw'nbthing but splinters. So far-as known; several .children named OX/onnpr, who were returning from scKodl,^were* also killed. Mrs Frank^y^o. and the driver oi th&fyymke ; itrain, were, also kiUf&li ,/AjcHfld iiamed JSoonan w*as seriously irijurea?*

(Received April 26. 0.30 p.m.) The driver of tlie Bourke train was Jiot MBsd as\4ft first-|reported; shut he sustained seVeWinjuries. *Ewd%remea were also severely injured and had a miraculous escape from death. Those killed are ,„.Downey, Mrs Franklin: andJHeny O'Connor; Maud Radford, Miss Godfrey, and two others whose names have not been mentioned, susteined.injuriqSjfrom ..which are unlikely to -recover. ' The* station- ' master, at' Raglan,"when/he' 1 saw the runaway I,''wired' to. BatHurst^^of the darige>, pijtj; "the£ *rem;e£flbus s speed at which the detached portion of the train left, noftme for the lind jto \'hb cjeared.|.'ff?hf; jsWtionmaster at Bathurst^tates thM wlien KelsQ wired " No. 26 has broken away" the up goods ;jbrain tacHeft fosK.^go. He at once'rush&lW <5b tho^l4l!olm and saw the runaway crossing the bridge over the t MacQuam©; liver jat .a;rrterrific , pace,'and no* time have elap^'before he heard a dreadful . !. escaping siieam and smashing "tmib'ers. The runaway train consisted, of<fiSjfe, trucks loaded with goods and sheep, one empty horse box, one sixrwheeled caiv | riage and a composite brake-van. The two latter, besides several of the trucks, were smashed to atoms, and some portions of them thrown over thfe top of ■ the engine itself, which /was; 4 ,broken and crushed up to the tubes of the boiler.

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Shocking Railway Accident., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2411, 26 April 1890

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Shocking Railway Accident. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2411, 26 April 1890

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