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Ashbueton, January 12

An accident of a very serious nature occurred on the road to Mt. WinterI ston, about thirty-five milea up from Ashburton at six o'clock last evening, when Mrs Niven, wife of Guard Niven, of the Mt. Somers branch line, had her collarbone broken, and Mrs Bowden, an old lady, had several of her ribs injured, and a one year-old J child of Mrs Niven's had a miraculous escape from death, as did also three other children. The party had gone for a drive out from Springbum, and when traversing a nasty bit of moun tainous road, the horse began to back down the steep grade, with the result that the trap went over a steep siding, turned turtle three times and landed upside down thirty feet below on the rough shingle and boulders. All were thrown clear, except Mrs Niven, who was pinned down by the trap, and the children landed between the horse's feet.- Mr Niven, who had been walking up the hill, hurried' down to the overtnrnprl cart, and by an extraordinary superhuman effort— he" cannot yet realise how he did it —raked the trap bodily and managed fed extricate bis wife. It was a deed of cool bravery, for which he deserves credit, and by which he undoubtedly saved his wife's life- The child was also extricated from between the horse's feet. Mrs Niven and Mrs Bowden remained unconscious for long time. They were taken to Mrs Urquhart's. house, and then finally back to Springbum in a motorcar. Dr. Mullin arrived there from Ashburton at two o'clock this morning.

The trap, a heavy spring dray, was being driven by Mr Bowden, who did everything possible at first to prevent tbe accident, and afterwards to asaist his friend, Mr Neven.

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SERIOUS ACCIDENT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4363, 13 January 1914

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SERIOUS ACCIDENT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4363, 13 January 1914

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