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When the express train for the north,. which leaves Ashburton at 6.5 p.m., arrived at Christehurch last evening it. .was rupor-fced that a; maii; ;w.hos<?- identity, i.s not known,: was-run over at Chertsev and cut in pieces. ,' rl.'ho accident occurred on the northern;

side of the Cher-tsey station, and pieces of tin; body were strewn along the line for 'about a m.'le. The evening train from Christehurch to Ashburton .waits; ; on tlie lbop-lino, at Cliertsey for the ■express to pass, and it is surmised that. tlifl victim of the accident may hay been crossing from the slow train over tliH-line when he was caught by tlie' express. It is also thought that lie may haye been walking along the liner • tow.'irds llakaia. li'rom the ' meagre moans of identification it is thought , that tlie victim was a man of about 40: years of aae.

Setiior-Sergeant Ryan and the District Coroner (Mr James Cow) pro*ceeded to llakaia this, morning, where •an inquest was formally opened, and adiourr.ed in order that further inquiry can iic made by the police. ":■ .1 It is believed in Ashburtori that the* victim of,the accident was;a local resi^dent, who was supposed,to have visited Rakaia yesterday. The police are in. possession of a railway ticket to Ashburton which was picked' up at- the* scene of the accident.. The clothing; was torn into small fragments, but sufficient have been obtained, to indicatel that, the man was- wearing', a light suit and a black-hat. A local'resident will;

proceed to Cliertsey this-: evening to tr^!;! to identify . the clothing-. ' f '

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KILLED BY A TRAIN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 1 May 1919

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KILLED BY A TRAIN Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 1 May 1919

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