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TRAM SMASH.

SUMMER TRAILER OFF RAItS. ASHBURTON VICTIMS. j CHRISTCHURCH, May lfr Yesterday afternoon there occurred on the ..Sunnier line the biggest tram accident which has yet taken place in Christchurch, and as a result of it a large number of people—men, women, and children—were more or less seriously injured.. The tram left Sumner at 4.10 p.m., drawing two double-deck trailers, the three cars being, fully loaded, but not ■overcrowded,, though, there were a few people standing on each car. The train of cars was in charge of Motorman Read and Conductor Baunton, and right from Sumner to the Heatheote Bridge at the foot of the hills the trip was uneventful. Immediately after crossing the bridge on'the town side is a, ? loop—known to the tramwaymen as the Heatheote loop— and it was in the middle of this that the accident occurred. Just:, ad\ the rear trailer was in the middle ; of the loop and opposite; the Heatheote Arms Hotel, it. started to bumjj, and after leaving the r.»ils^and swaying once or twice, it fell over on its left sidethat is the side away from the hotel— and the passengers were violently flung into the road,. those inside being precipitated in a heap and. showered with a quantity of broken glass that flaw from the windows. . Directly Jie felt the jar, the motorman applied all the brakes hard, ■ and the ears were brought to, a standstill almost instantly. It was, at once seen that fbetween twenty and thirty people were more or less injured (there would be, about,so people on the overturned trailer altogether), and steps^were, at once taken to render all possible; assistance. A «start* was at, once made to deal with the injured. Those who were-un-able to move were cared for in the hotel, and all' who could be moved or who could hobble along, were' accom-modated-in y the electric'rarwand taken right to the hospital, where they were at once attended to. *Some: ofc the injured, however, preferred *o- go to their homes, and the drivers of passing cars were very good in assisting with the transport- of several such cases. By the time the ambulances arrived on the scene the majority of the injured—who consisted of- men, women and children—-had been removed, and, there were only* nine or ten who made use of the 'conveyances. No definite cause can be yet assignad for the, accident. It is obvious €hat the trailer left the I'ails, but why it left them has yet to be.' ascertained. It is stated thai^, the reason for it having done so was that it "split the points" at the entrance to the loop, out the derailment .could .also have been caused by a lump of some hard substance, sueh 1 as stone or iron, being jammed in the rail groove. A careful enquiry will, of course," be held into the whole affair. V . ! A Two Ashbiirton residents were injured, and'are at present' in ihe Christ-' church Hospital. Their names are:—• Ja's. Borthwick (59), Hampstead, (broken left arm). '..'■■ Mrs'-C. Reid Tinwald (lacerated face). The other injured in;' the' hospital are: Eric P. Germ (22), Papanui (serious injuries to left hand and foot); Samuel Brunton (47);" StY *Albans, .(fractured skiill); Wm:- Flavell (31), St.' Albans (injury to leg); John A. Chapman (41), Sydenham (broken col-lar-bone); Emile Diehl „(62), Lin wood (broken ankle); Mrs Langtpn, Worcester Street (facial injuries) j -Mrs Matthews, St. Albans '"(facial injuries); Needham (girl, aged two), RieHmoiuj (severe injury to head);' lan AJoOaliuni (4), Riccarton (two lingers y amputated) ; Daphne Chapman 11V, * Sydenham (lacerated hand); Matthews (girl, 6 years), (deep wound on ch'.'i aiiJ l.nee). Besides these about fifteenNoiher people were more or less injured, some being treated in the out-patient department at the Hospital, and' some going to their own homes. . As far as can be ascertained, their names are as follows: Mr» Green (aged 50),. 16 Madras St (injury to back and leg); Mrs Heap, Sydenham; Mrs W. Jackson, Wellington; Mrs J. Whisker, Wellington; W. Guy, Sydenham (abrasion of knee); W. Winterbourne, Christchurph" (abra,sion of right knee); Mrs Adamson, Linwood (injuries, cuts, and .bruises); Mrs VV. J. Hughes, Linwood, (injuries, cuts, dnd bruises); Mrs John R. Oliver, St. Albans (cut on forehead, bruises, and shock); Mgs'L. T. Olliver, St. Albans (shock). . . 4 .i -

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TRAM SMASH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919

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TRAM SMASH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919

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