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RAILWAY DISASTER.

GOODS TRAIN SMASHED. DRIVER KILLED. (Per Press Association). TAIHAPE, May 15. Another fatal accident occurred on the railway north of Taihape late last night. A goods train that shoitld arrive at Taihape at 8.30 p.m., usually draws into the siding at Ngarukehu to allow the express to pass, but being late last night, the express passed at Hihitahi. The goods' train followed, and when going down an incline to Gardiner's Siding got beyond control. The driver whistled for. th#brakes, but no brake-acting followed, and the train was carried along at a terrific pace past Gardiner's Siding, and was going eixty to' seventy miles an hour when Ngar uakehu. was reached. It rushed through the station rocking dangerously and continued to gather volition till it is estimated the pace was at the rate of a hundred miles an hour.

Three miles south of Ngaruakehu the engine left the rails, and the trucks banked up, some mounting the high bank of the cutting, where they remain perched. The train was composed of ■thirty-five trucks, containing coal, timber, and' sundries. The engine lies on the side of the line v Some trucks leajjt over the wreckage and are two chains past where tho engine lies. The locality is an indescribable, scene, of wreckage., . • ■ ( . The engine-driver, who was severely Bcalded, was brought ■: to Taihape, where he died this morning. : The fireman was also badly scalded, and he now lies in a critical condition. The guard is suffering from severe shock. No passenjgers were aboard. The 'engine-driver, Thomas Walsh, was married;owuth one child. The fiifc'tnan is named McKenna, and,the guard, A. Batty 7."";■' Kelief, parties.xent out immediately after the receipt of the; news, and another went this morning. A gang of workers was also despatched. The coroner (Mr J. P.. Aldridge) opened an inquest on the scene of the, accident, and adjourned it .to Taihape^ WELLINGTON, May 15. Particulars of the accident to a, goods train between Ngarukehu and Jsf ataroa, show that the engine got out of control, ran down-hill, left the line, and is how lying overturned in a gully with over thirty waggons piled on it. . Walsh, the driver, was removed to the Taihape Hospital, where he died at 3 a.m. McKenna, the fireman, is also ia a ward- but "is progressing fav-' ourably. : '....'..-... . . ' ! The accident occurred at 9 p.m., just ! after the Auckland-bound express had I passed. '"';,; ■

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RAILWAY DISASTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919

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RAILWAY DISASTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919

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