The Railway Disaster.
Inquest on the Victims.
United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph. Christchurch, June 26 At the inquest on R. J. Alexander and John Richards, victims of the railway disaster at Chainey's corner held at Kaiapoi to-day before Mr Day, S.M., the coroner and jury were taken out to examine the wreckage at the scene of the accident, and on resuming the evidence was heard of sixteen witnesses, ten of whom were passengers. I The evidence bore out the statement of | facts previously telegraphed. In addition Samuel Sellars, a ganger, stated that he had been over the line twice on Saturday before the accident occurred, the second time being at 11 o'clock. The ground was then quite dry, and the train was timed to pass thereat 12.30.—Joseph Sherds, Government bridge inspector, said a wash-out never before occurred at this place, and he would never expeot ifc.—Mr Mac Andrew, District Engineer, said he had previously intimated to the inspector to casually inspect Stewart's Gully m the course of his duties and report. The Coroner, m summing up, said that according to the regulations the speed was not unreasonable and the driver was a man of thirty years' experience. He thought there was no evidence of negligence on the part of any official. The jury found a verdict of accidental death, and added " that the attention of the Railway Department be drawn to the class of material used m formation on this leugth, as it is not substantial enough to withstand the flood water which may occur at any time." The Foreman added that I the jury were unanimously of opinion that no blame was attachable to anyone.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6606, 27 June 1905
The Railway Disaster. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6606, 27 June 1905
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