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The adjourned inquest in connection with the death of Henry Thompson, who was killed by being run over by the second northbound express, at, Chertsey, oil Wednesday last, was hekt in the Courthouse, Ashburton, this; morning, before the District. Coroner.,, Mr James Cow. •

Mr H. A. Peim, TraiEc Inspcfltory--Christchurch, represented the RailwayDepartment. ■ Thomas Kerr, storekeeper, AVshbur--ton, said that ho had known deceased, for a number of years. Witu«ss> examined the body 5 and identified it. as_. that of Henry Thompson, who waiwidower, and as far as witness k'aesvj. wasabout 51 years of age. • Alexander Gordon, cordialv manui'ac--turer, Rakaia, said he knew the deceased, whom he last, saw alive- bertween 5.20 and 5.30 on the evening of the accident. He was then standing an: the footpath outside the Rakaia Hotel. Witness spoke to Thompson on business. Thompson was then quite capable of looking after himself. Witness waß quite sure deceased was not then under the influence of liquor.

i Thomas Stewart Paterson, engine- : driver on the express referred to,' said 'that the train passed through Chertsey about 6.20 p.m., at the- rate of aUoufc j 3j5 miles per hour. There was no regu--1 lation applying to the speed of express trains when passing a train pulled m 'at a siding. When about 300 yards ; north of Chertsey he heard a slight ; rustling of the baliast, but he did not j feel anything that, would lead him to i believe that the engine had passed "; over any object. On reaching Rakaia ; he looked round the engine, as was his ; usual practice, but saw nothing to in- ] dicate that the engine had struck any- ;. thing. He asked the assistant guard to- ■ get tho< stationrnaster at' Rakaia to I ring up Chertsoy to ascertain if the 'engine had struck anything". Ho was J on the look-out on the right hand side ;of tha engine, and the stoker was eiyI gaged firing at the time the accident i occurred., •• Assuming that anyone was ion the near side of the engine he could, ; not hitv© . Beeiivthem from where he stood. . He felt certain that the man must have been lying down when the engine came in contact with him. He- | could not say for certain, however, that ] the engiuo did not run over deceased. ■i He thought it more likely that ho I was drawn in from, the side^ ' j George Lythgoe, railway-surfaceman., Chertsey, said that in consequence of I a message received from Kakaia, he exj ffjrimcd the line, and about' a quarter !of a mile north of the Chertsey sta- ! tion, he found portion of the remains: fof a human body. Bo then communi- ; cated with the constable at 'Rakaia..

j Constable McLennan said that in> (Consequence of a telephone message from the station-master:-at. Chertsey, i that sbrneone had been run over by.the^ , I train, he proceeded to the scene of the | accident. About';a. quarter,.of a .mite-' i north of the station he found, part of j the .remains of 1' a human body and [about a quarter of a mile further on [ found the trunk of the body lying in I ibe centre of the line, subsequently de~ ', ceased' a hat and coat were found about. ; half-way between Chertsey and Rakaia..

A verdict was "returned that : Henry Thompson was' killed by being run over by the evening express* on Wednesday, iVpril 30,'.:}iiiiJvT-eeii*Chertsey and- Rakaia, there being no evidence to show how deceased came to be on or., near the line. .' '. ... ; '

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CHERTSEY TRAGEDY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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CHERTSEY TRAGEDY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919