This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

FEARFUL TRAM ACCIDENT.

dence of identification in each case, in order that the burials might be proceeded with. The further evidence could be taken on subsequent days. The primary object of the inquiry was simply to ascertain how and by what means the deceased met their deaths, but he was afraid they would have in addition a very difficult and arduous task to perform* to endeavour in the interest of the public to rind out who—if anybody— v.as to blame for the very serious accident which they would all be aware occurred on Thursday night to two of the tram cars. He was afraid they would find the inquiry a difficult one, bur the coroner and jury could only do their best in the interest of the public to arrive at a just conclusion as to the cause of the accident. BENJAMIN LINDSAY. James Bennett, resident surgeon at the Hospital, spoke of the admission of Lindsay to the Hospital, and said he died live minutes alter arrival. Deceased's right leg was crushed. There. -were cuts on the other leg. and on the head, in addition 10 bruises. The injuries caused his death by shock. Edward James Lindsay, gardener, of Commercial road. Kingsland, said the de- ! ceased was his father. He was not one j of those who brought the deceased to the hospital. A juryman said it was very necessary that evidence should be called to show whether the method adopted for conveying the deceased to the hospital were such as vould unnecessarily help to pro- : duce his death. Police Sergeant Hanson said he believed the man was taken to Symonds street in a tramcar, and thence to the : hospital on a stretcher. But they had j been unab. • yet to tin J anyone who ac- ! companied him. lney would, however,; make further efforts to bring evidence on the point after the adjournment. Other jurymen agreed that this was necessary, one of them remarking that j on a form-r occasion it was found that the ambulance employed was in a most I unfit condition. His Worship then issued a burial or- j der, and adjourned ihe inquest till next Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Police ; Court. A juryman asked the Magistrate whe- ; ther tbe motorman and tram conductors concerned in the collisiou would be al- | lowed to return to wort before the ir- I q_e-t was finished. Mr. Bralant sad he did net know that j that was part nf their business, but .-it the same time he thought it went with- I out saying that they would not. Mr. Cotter: I understand. Your Worship, tha: they are not going on duty. MISS HOGARTH. The Magistrate and jury then proceeded, with the police attendants, to the house of Miss Hogarth, in John street, Mount Ldcu. The tram company's representatives did not further attend the preliminary inquiry. John Young Hogarth, clerk employed by the Northern _ S.Co., said the deceased wa- his daughter. At tbe time when she wa; brought home he was at the scene oi the accident. When he returned home he found her dead. William Hewlett, a carrier employed by Mr F. W. Smith, said he was deceased's cousin, and resided iv her father's house. On Christmas live, he _aid, I was sitting on the top deck with the deceased, on the 8.20 car from lvingsland. We were sitting on the front seat. When we approached Charlottestreet loop the car seemed to go up to the points a bit, and the driver appeared to reverse her. I thought it was because he had got over the points too far. She went back over the main line at a terrible rate. Half a mile lower down, at Glenmore, the car collided with another. Before the collision I saw that the rope of the trolley arm had been let go, and the arm was swinging lound. It rirst struck mc on the lip and dazed mc. The next thing I knew was That the young lady was lying across mc dead. I started to carry her down the steps, and while I was descending the steps the collision occurred. With the heip of another gentleman we placed her on the footpath. We had been sitting .vith our back to the trolley arm. The top of the car was pretty thickly covered with people. After Dr. Porter had examined the deceased and pronounced her dead, I brought her home in a cab. While the car was going back I said to Miss Hogarth, "I think we are in for a hot time, from the way the car

is going." Dr. Albert Harding Porter, residing at the corner of Mt. Roskill-road and the New North-road, sak! he saw the double deck car rush past without a light. A few seconds later, lie continu-

cd. I heard a distant scream, and apprehending that something had happened, I ran down the road. Alter helping ing to extricate two of the sufferers from between the cars and temporarily attending to them. I was called over to see Miss Hogarth, who was lying on the side of the road. There was a slight flicker of the pulse, aud on auscultating feeble heart sounds were to be heard, which stopped while I was listening. I then pronounced life extinct. 1 did not further examine the body, as so many other sufferers required assistance.

Dr. Port-er added that he had heard that tlie neck was broken, and asked if he might be permitted to ascertain if this were correct.

The Magistrate asked if any other doctor had attended the deceased, and the relatives replied that none had. His Worship sain it would be necessary that th • doctor should be able to certify on the depc itions as to the cause of death, and as the body was lying in the room he asked that all should leave the room, so that the doctor could with the more decency examine the body. This was therefore done.

On the jury returning Dr. Porter said: There is . depressed fracture oi the left temple, a fractured dislocation of the spine between, the t.iira and fourth cervical ver-.ebrae. This implicates the pharynx. Th. irnciure of the spine in the neck was sufficient to cause death, which was accelerated by the ractured skull. The injuries were such as might have been caused by the trolley pole striking her on t r.ead. ME WILLIAM C-ALEY. The last of the three inquests was that concerning the death of Mr William Caley, which was held at the deceased's house in the New North-road.

Alfred Caley, saddler, of Waihi, one of the injured, gave his evidence from his bed. He said he was on the doubledeck car on the upper deck, with hi 3 wife, his sister and his brother William (the deceased)- We were first of all standing up inside the car, when the conductor said: ''There's plenty of room upstairs." We went up, but found every seat occupied. The car passed the Mount Roskill road without stopping to pick up passengers, and went into the loop near the old riding school to stop. The "ar then began to run back, and the troly pole Bwuitg about. Ihe cars collided

a hundred yards from this house. Witness, continuing, said: I was thrown against the iron railing surrounding the deck. My wife said, "I am to get down over the side. You follow mc." My brother William cried out, "Alf, I am jammed." I went to help him, but could not move him. He was partly on the deck and partly on the top of the stairs. The stairs had been splintered, and some of the splinters had entered his body. One of them was extracted with difficulty. I shouted loudly for help, and another man came, and together we set him free. He was groaning terribly. I helped to carry him into this house, and he warmly thanked all who had assisted him. My wife was brought in on a stretcher shortly afterwards. My brother died the same night. Dr. C. T. MeDowall said he was summoned to the deceased's house and "ound deceased suffering from severe shock, and several large wounds, which he was informed by Dr. Neil were caused by splinters which had been withdrawn. From these splinter wounds there had been considerable loss of blood, which had, however, ceased whin he arrived. The hip bones were crushed to pieces, and the internal organs were also injured. He did everything possible to revive him, although lie had no hope from the first, as deceased was already moribund when he arrived. Death soon followed, caused by shock from the injuries.

* '■ - ~ Collision on the Kingsland Line. ) ■— *~—o' ; THREE PERSONS KILLED i Several Dangerously Hurt. <~»-oI [ . ABOUT ONE HUNDRED INJURED. Heartrending Scenes, m ■ 9

A tramcar accident of a terrible dejScription oeeui'Ted near Kingsland on j Christmas Eve, in which three people j were killed, and a large number —possibly j a hundred—received injuries more or | less severe. j the cars in question were Xo. .'i!». a I double-decker, in charge of Frederick j Humphrey, motorman, of Jervois-road, j -"onsonby, and Cuthbert Carson and ; Hans Hansen, conductors, and a com- I bination car in charge of Ernest Thomp- | son. motorman, of Codrington-street. j Arch Hill, and Colin Slichbury, conductor. , " j The double-decker was going up Kden Terrace, and passed into a loop to await another ear. The current was shut oil I and the brake applied. The brake, bowever, refused to act, and the car began to go back. Finding -the car unman- | ageab'e the motorman called to the conductor to apply the rear brakes and ran j himself to the back of the car, but the j brake failed to stop the. ear, winch gath- \ jered an awful speed down the incline. The car was almost full of passengers on both decks. I Soon the trolley pole doubled back j and left the wire, and frequently as ii ! i struck against a cross wire or .some | I other obstacle it lashed down with great : ! force, striking the passengers sitting i j near. Some, with walking sticks, tried j to steady it or guide it on -to the wire, j but did not succeed. I A great fear then appears to havi . possessed the passengers, and some I cried out aloud. As the car rounded a bend near George-_treet another car j was seen to be coming up from Kingsland, not more than 10U yards away. | • The double-decker was almost in dark- I I nss, as only the oil lamps were burn- I ing. Tho motorman on the second car i had barely time to reverse the current. when, with a deafening crash, ■the two cars telescoped. t Several passengers were hurled down from the top deck. Others, struct: ny the swinging trolley pole, lay insensible. Several hail jumped from the car during its mad career before the impact. ! When all was over it was found -that i the combination ear had penetrated . the double-decker for one-quarter oi lis I length, crushing the passengers in an j awful manner. ; j Children were passionately thrust i-through the windows by bravo bur 'Hysterical mothers. Men clambered out and helped the women, and a stream ai people hurried down the main road to i give the aid which they knew was I bound to be needed. i When all who could be released were j l „ ! iree it was found that -two persons remained pinned between the ears. They were Miss Cissie Hill ami Mr Benjamin i Lindsay. Every able man on the spot heaved on the heavy cars to pull them ■ apart, but they remained rigid. J-'or ten ! minutes the crowd waited helplessly till : anothor tram-car arrive*!, and then. with ropes attached -to this, the two ! wrecked airs were parted. i Stretchers and vehicles were hastily ! procured, and doctors hurried to the scene in great numbers to give relief. THE NEWS IX THE CITY. Xow.s of the appalling disaster was received in town with the utmost consternation, aud large crowds Instantly flocked to Kingsland to inquire after the safety of friends. 1 The "Star"' extras posted on tbe {windows of Messrs Wddman and Eyell j were read with avidity, and tiiese were followed yesterday morning by further' editions. which were distributed throughout the city and suburbs. THE BEREAVED DISTRICTS. It will be noticed that nearly the whole of the passengers were residents or \ i-itors iv the neighbouring districts lof Mount Eden, Mount Roskill or I Kingsland. this being, of (.our--, due Ito the fact that the cars had just load:ed up in titose districts and had not got .beyond them. The occurrence -truck a thrill of horror throughout the disj tricts mentioned, and a feeling of deep , mutual sympathy arose, for. as. one | person remarked, there was scarcely a household in ihe neighbourhood that had not a representative or a friend on one of the cars. THE < ARS REMOVED. All day yesterday persons visited the j . scene of the disaster, evidently expect- I ing that the cars would be allowed to j remain on the spot for official inspection. But the cars had been removed I during the night, and nothing but a i buckled tram apron and a large patch ;of broken glass remained to mark the j | s P ot - _ !

! THE VICTIMS. j The following are the names, so far j obtainable, of tlio-e who were passengers jon tbe ill-fated car-: KILLED : i MISS ANN YOUNG HOGARTH, j aged 23, resident of .Mount Eden: broken j neck. ; BENJAMIN LINDSAY, aged 70. ' [gardener, resident of Kingsland, several j bones broken and other injuries. "WILLIAM CALEY, aged 40. AcI countant. resident of Rocky Nook; j broken hip and injured spine. j DANGEROUSLY INJURED : j Miss Cissie Hill, resident of Kings- i | land : injuries to bead. i ! Kazel Bhmdell, aged 17 months,! , parents live at .MorniiiLr-ide; concus- | | SEVERELY INJURED : j j Joseph .lame- Camplin. lleston road. ' Mount Koskill; scalp wound and collar- i I bone broken. j Miss Sophie Caley: broken leg. ! Mr. Alfred Caley. Waihi: injured foot and bruises. Mis. Alfred Caley: legs crushed. Mi-s K.astg.Ue, Mount Eden: wrist, broken and leg injured. : | Mrs. Page, Kingsland store: nose! ! broken. j ! Mrs. Hill, King-Jand. cuts on (lie iiead. j i Miss "Lizzie Morrow. Kingsland; teeth; \ knocked out and lip cut. | Mr. J< l.ii Clark. Wanganui. visiting ! dn's parent.- at King land; concussion >f ' ;brain. ' : Airs. John (lark. Wanganui; lip and j face cut and badly bruised. ; ! Mr. \>illiam Hewlett, bead and face, ■ injured, teeth knocked out, and general 1 | Mrs. Meßride (nee Miss Beedel) : in-j J jured in the b -:s :„--.l back. ' I .Air. Ernest < olson. 1-tnd agent; broken! jaw. ga-!i on cheek and bruises. i Mrs. Da\is, King-land; dislocated thigh. I Mi-s Emmie Hill, Kingsland: nose j broken. j Mrs. .John Coyle. Mount Alber: i broken rib. -,-verc'y bruised and shaken. I Mr Cyril Hooker, View Avenue. | Mount Kden. com-ii-sinn of the brain. S_.ZGI_T_,Y INJURED: Mr. W. A. Eastgale. Mount Eden; bruise on eye. Mr. William Morrow. Kingsland: j bruises. I Mr-. William Morrow, injured back ' Mi-s .Morrow-. cuts on head and ' bruis,--. j Miss Emily Morrow, bruise--. i j Mr. Alfred Williams. Onslow road. S ' King-land -. sinews of lee- injured. ! j Air. and Mr--, .100 Kayes and Miss' i Kayes. King-land : bruises. Mi-s M. Kay.-, and Miss <;. Kayes; fill - and bruise-.. Mr. Charles I'age, King-land: bruises. Stanley Andrew-, View road; scalp j wound and -hoc!;. I Mr. Charles Morris. Kingsland. ; Mr. Drumm, Morningside; several I minor injuries. Mrs. Drumm. Morningside: injury to !'..,•- ' 1 Mr. Drumm's children: small injuries. i Master Clement Millings. Eden Tcr- | race : bruise over eve. Miss Lily Edwards. Mount Roskill. Mr. Arthur Cold-tone. Ponsonby. | Air. W. F. (Odd-tone, c.o. Dr. Cox. JA.M.P. buildings. :' Mr. S. .iacka. Mount Roskill; cut on 1 forehead. j Mr. Voting. Morningside; cut on head, i Mr. T. Hoare. King-bind. -hock. | Mr. S. Hoare. Symonds street; shock. I Mr. Thomas Jenkins. Edendalc; hand 'cut. I Mr. and Mr-. Idundeil. Morningside: cut and t.adlv shaken. | Mr. Alfred Hough. Rocky Nook; cuts ■on face and head. Mr. I.vsnar, Margaret street, Mount Roskill. j Mr. Leicester. Cromwell street, BellI wood : injui y to back. j Mr. lh idgford. Kingsland; bruises on .Mrs. I'.ridgford. bruises on hip. leg -and shoulder.' 1 Master Ernest l-ridgford. ear cut and jhead bruise,!. Master Percy I'.ridgford. bruises. Mi-s V'iobu Urii'.-ford, slight injuries [to back and head. j Mr. F. Paw, l. ii. Valley road: shock, ankle badly ~prai:i--d. and head cut. Mr. W. Hilling-. King-land: bruises. [ Airs. W. Hillings, Kingsland. l Air-. Ctni.lall. Kden Terrace: bruises. Mr. Al. Freuey. King-land; -hock and |brui-es. ; Mrs. M. Fremv and child, shock and bruises. Mi-- A. I'n-uy. injured jaw. • Miss p. 1-Ter.ey. -hock and bruises. Master Harry Craham. Kingsland; sprained ankle. Mrs. .lansen. King-land: -hock. Air. .1. King. < iienmure: back hurt. Mrs. Mount Albert; bruise-. i Mi-s Margaret MeUuoid. Kingsland: j Mrs. ■".' N'ixoii. Kingsland; head cut : an I bruises. Master- Frank and Lewis Nixon, slight i injuries. j Aiiss Ethel Nixon, leg and mouth cut. I ; Miss Ruby Sinclair. Pocky Nook: face cur. Airs. Storey and two children. Eden j j Terrace; bruises aud cuts. _ j

_tr Kilduff. Eden Terrace, injuries to] I head and face. " ; I Miss May Kilduff, Eden Terrace, cut face. ', Silvia Kilduff, Eden Terrace, severely shaken. Ethel Kilduff, Eden Terrace, severely shaken. Harry Kilduff. jun., Eden Terrace, severely shaken. Miss Coyle, .Mount Albert: bruised and shaken. ; Miss M- Sinclair. Edwin-street. Mount Eden, bruises. ' PASSENGERS UNINJURED : Mr. and Mrs. Mcllwain, Mount Roskill. Mr. and Mrs. Ceo. Pollard, Mount Eoskill. Mr. George ITeald. Mount Eden. Mr Arthur Hulme. Mr J. Regan and family, of Kingsland. Mrs McQuoid. MISS HILL, Mrs and Miss Hill were both conveyed to a private hospital in Crumnierroad. They are the wife and daughter of a King-land farmer. Miss Hill was unconscious. Only about two years ago a brother of Miss Hill's was" killed on the railway line near Kingsland. MISS HOGARTH. ! Miss Hogart.h was a dressmaker, a I daughter of Mr. Hogarth, employed by j !t c Northern S.S.Co. She was sit- | ting on the top deck of the big car, ac- . | eonpanied by a gentleman named Mr | ! William Hewlett. Miss Hogarth was i - ruck by the trolley pole, which broke | her neck, giving her a painless death, j IMr Hewlett was struck senseless. lie; I received cuts about the face, and had | | two leetii knocked nut. When he recovered his senses he found the lifeI less body of Miss Hogarth iving a* his . J side. ' ' Mr William Hewlitt, interviewed | after the accident, said he had just ! i told Miss Hogarth to keep her head down, when he received a severe blow I i.n the mouth, knocking several of his i teeth out. He was dazed for a second or two. On recovery he found himself lying upon the upper deck of the ear with Miss Hogarth lying over , ' him. As she seemed to be insensible , Jhe made an effort to carry her down ' I the stairway and succeeded in doing -o i for part of the way- At that, moment J I the colli-ion occurred. ami he lost . i charge of Miss Hogarth. He after-j wards took deceased from the car and : ! laid her on the footpath, where Dr. i I Porter made an examination and found I lite .extinct. The deceased never .-poke j after being struck. I MIL LINDSAY. ! j Mr Lindsay was a gardener by trade. ! i ami lived in Mer--er-road. Kingsland. : iUp was 70 years of age His injuries I were very numerous, lie had a broken ' Meg. a snta-slied finger, a cot over tlie! i eve, and apparency internal injuries. | ! lie was pinned between the two car*, j i and for a time could not be released, i ; lie was conveyed to the Hospital, j ■ where he died- Mrs Ashby. wife of Mr j ' Ashby. baker, of Mount 110-kill Road. ; j is his daughter- ! MR WILLIAM CALEY. ! Mr William ('aley was an Auckland j accountant, ant brother of Mr Caley, lof Waliis and ( aley. -ddlc-rs. of Queen- ■ 'street. He was well-known in Auck- I | land. As oig.tni-r of the (irafton- j l road Methodi-t t hureh. he would have] : been ae'|uaiiUcd with most Methodists j of the city. He had intended to take I part last evening in this choir's per- j 1 performance ot "Tho Messiah" at the I ■Choral Hall. The Caley family suffer-j ;ed severely, \\ illiain being killed and j .three others severely injured. Mr ami | Mrs Alfred Caley came to town lo j 'spend Christmas with relatives. "Mrs: j ( aley had both feci so badly crushed l i ; hat if she survives the shock it is' i feared amputation may lc iiece.-sary. I ;Mr Alfred Caley nl-n had bis right foot | badly bruised and cut. while his sister, I Mi-s" Sophie ( aley. had her leg broken. . and is suffering from severe shock. The '■ ' Cnh-vs Were on top of the double-' 'decker. ! I I THE SCENE AFTER THE I j COLLISION. I ' .Mount Roskill road just after the im- j I pact was like a battle-ground. From a, : I point a little above the end of Mount j I 110-kill road to the -ccne of final cutas- j j tropin-, a distance ol ;i few hundred | yards, the street seemed to be tilled with I hysterical spectators, with at short initervals unfortunate peopb — men. women ! I .and children—who had a few seconds be- i 1 tore been in the sickening downward rush I lof the great two-deck car. Maimed forms ] lay on the ground at intervals, and many people were walking or being assisted off the street with blood-marked faces and [hands, or otherwise manifesting obvious; signs jf having sustained severe injury. ! I'Cue women and children, luckily, scorned . Ito have suffered the least hurt. This I was partly due to them being mostly inside of tile car. and to not running the 1 j risk of jumping off. while to the credit of many of the male passengers it is . I said that they did all they could to calm I nml assist the women and children, often jat increased ri-k to their own lives, j A FEAIU-T'L WRECK. ; The cars that collided were a fearful . j wreck. The front of the big car was ■ I battered and twisted out of all shape. ' just as if the whole platform had been Wrenched away back to the front wheel.-. ' while ironwork and woodwork hung in ; j shreds all around and overhead. ' The - '.smaller car was somewhat similarly bat- ! ; jteied. the fa.cc of the car being crunched '' [up and forced inwards some considerable!; ; distance upon tlie body of tlie car. The ; glass of the windows was smashed to ; I smithereens. Looking at the two car- ! tone wondered that a great many of tie- • ; people on tin- front of each car had not I j been killed, outright. i j i ATTENDING TO THE WOUNDED. i ; I No time was io?;. in getting the in- ; ( jjured people into the nearest houses and - :su re-. Ueau'y and eag r hands provided ' ( [stretchers, aud carried those, who were', most br.dly hurt where ibc-y c mid be .best attended to. and tin resident-- in the ' I locality seemed to vie v.ii'n each in their endeavour.-, to do the utmost to (assist those who were suffering. In cmhouse a "Star representative saw three ; or lour badly injured people.* in a shop !on tbe opposite side of the road there was ;| a ihan danyerously injured lying on the-' 'door. Some ugly wounds ,n his head bad been dressed, and : a young lady was sitting ny j 'his sid..-. unable to do anything more' for him. but answering eager in.juiiies as;, In Ids identity _nd Ihe extent of his injuries. In tlie dining-room of the lion-- ] [adjoining the same -hop sat a wearied- ' looking woman nursing a young child.:; > luckily herself uninjured, and fervently | : j thankful that, though her husband was : I being doctored in another room for ah j scalp wound, the whole of her three little ; | ones has escape..!. Somewhat similar!, I sights were seen in various private 1< | <_ J

I houses, and the newly-established shop of Mr. Haslett, chemist, was under full I pressure. Very many of the injured peoI pie had trilling wounds dressed here, and several of the more serious cases received first aid. DOCTORS OX THE'SCENE. Thanks to the energy and promptness of Mr W. B. Lysaght. the Tram Company's traffic manager, in an incredibly short time after the casualty there appeared upon the scene cab after cab. bringing quite an army of doctors, i and placing them where their services ! were most urgently needed. One of the first cases attended to was that of Miss Hogarth, and Dr. Porter pronounced her beyond all medical aid, her neck being broken- Mi-s Hill was attended to in Mr Haslett's shop- She was seen to be dangerously hurt about the head, and | when her wounds hud been bandaged i she was carried on a stretcher to a cab and removed to a hospital —another ! young lady whose injuries had been attended to on the premises taking her departure in a similar manner. In I this way the work of relief went on until well towards midnight, the doctors working as probably they had never worked before, and then everything having been done that could possibly be done the thoroughfare towards one o'clock began to assume something like its normal appearance. WHEX MORNING DAWNED. ! It was not till morning that the real I seriousness of the casualty became known. Then, instead of one fatality, jit transpired that two others of the in- I ; jured people had died and that others j j were in a critical condition. The j street was again thronged with eager ; groups of people di-eussing the catastrophe, tlie excitement aroused by the occurrence being manifested by The many improbable and exaggerated : stories told of the number of fatalities, while persons were mentioned as killed |or fatally hurt who subsequently prov'edto be perfectly safe. Tt Is stated that right on the scene of the collision a man who was astir early gathered up no less than 10 hat-pins, the Inference being that the ladies either ■ took their hats off or (more probably) had them torn off their heads in the | crush to get away from the threateni ing peril. On the whole they were a brave lot of people, they mostly hpi hav.-il splendidly in their helplessness, and after the smash there was never a 1 murmur, but many devout expressions |of thankfulness that the injuries susi tamed had not been worse. ! STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS. I Mr and Airs George Pollard, of ! j Mount Roskill, were passengers on the ■ top deck, but escaped comparatively uninjured. Mr Pollard, in conversation with a "Star" reporter, said: "We got on ai Page's Store. All went ' well fill we were half-way up Eden I Terrace, where there is a "loop. When iwe got on the loop the ear stopped and ; then immediately went back, gathering 1 speed down the hill till it attained an | enormous pace- When we were pass- ! ing the Mount Roskill Itoad the arm on j the fop deck, near which I was sitting, ! doubled right back and got off the wireit swung violently backwards and forwards, and several passengers tried to eaten it with their walking-sticks in | order to prevent it from striking them j when i; came to a cross wire. When |we were coming round a sharp bend bej tween King-street and Ceorge-street, ;we sighted a car coining up from Kings- | land not 100 yds away from us. They | would have had barely time to see us j when we were upon them. The cars j telescoped with an awful impact, throwing several passengers off to the road. j Then there were children passed out through the windows. and women ■ screaming. Some of (he passengers 1 were pinned between the oars, and" we j could not extricate them till another ear arrived about ten minutes later. These passengers must have been unconscious f,,r they did nor cry out." j Oeorge Heald. a commercial traveli ley. residing in Victoria Avenue, Mount ! Eien. who escaped without injury, says: |"I was sit-jnor j„side ( ) lo doub]e-de;-k j car near the back. Tin- motorman I came running through, saying the: I brakes would not ad ami tho ear had j ; bolted. He sang oui to the conductor j lo put on the brake?; at the other I I end." _ j Mr Edward Freeman, a young man of j Mount Roskill Road, say-: "I witnessed the accident. T was in a barber's I shi-yi when I heard the noise of a car | nching past and people screaming. I j ran out and saw that the electric lights lof the car were out and the pole" off the wire. It wa= going at a terrible rate — I should say 50 miles an hour. When the other car would first see it j the two ears, would be about 50yds! j apart- I shy th» motorman at the ] lower of the double-deck car al this J time, but I cannot say if he remained there til! the collision. The small car was lifted up and must have gone a I quarter through the other, so that the people in the double-decker must have been the most injured. T helped a number of people to get out through i the windows." I A VurXCi MAX'S EXPERIENCE. A young man named Thomas Jenkins gave one of our staff the following account of the disaster: I was on top of the double-decker going to town. The I car was crowded with passengers inside and outside. The car stopped on the loop line at the Avenue. Suddenly it started to run back. The car increased its speed as it went down the hill and soon attained an alarming speed, so that ! il was difficult to keep one's -eat. As we reached the end of Mount Roskill- j road -ome of the stuff overhead carried away, and the trolley polo ,-amc down. , The car then bolted on towards Kingsbind a: a tremendous pace, and the lights being out made things a!! the mere terrible. We suddenly .-aw a ■ combination car comma up from l\in_s-lan-.1. and the next moment, alnto-t the ear- went smash into each other and were telescoped. Th.-y me-i with a fearful bang and clash, an i splinters ii. w in all dire lions. Women and children were screaming, - one from fright, others because ( .f their injuries. People inside of the ears scrambled out of the window-. 1 e-caped with a scratch on one hand. I ran back to meet the next car and s-top it. to prevent the possibility of it also erashin,' into the two wrecks piled up ju-i round the ben.!. A MOTHER'S KXPEKIKXCE Mrs Drunim. wife of Mr .-'red Drumm, of Mount iloskili-rni-1. escapr-d unhurt, with three young children. While her husband was getting -ome rather severe bruises on his head and face dressed by a doctor. Mrs Drunim fold one of our representatives that when the car commenced to run back and the motorman , rushed through the ear to the other end [ her husband went on to the front of j •the car to sec it he could give any assistance. He was thrown off the front

of the car and struck something with his head. Mrs Drum got out of the car after the smash with all of the children unhurt. -V GREAT BLACK MASS. "1 saw the double-decker come down the hill a great black mass." said a young lady who was standing at the corner of Mount Roskill-road when the big car was well started on its mad career, ''there was not a light visible, and it was rocking from side to side like a ship in a storm. People in the car were screaming for help. The car went past like a flash, and in a few moments there was a fearful crash. A NARROW ESCAPE. Many narrow escapes are reported of : people who for one reason and another just missed travelling by the fatal carsPerhaps the most singular is that of two yo_ng ladies named Carlaw, who had travelled to Kingsland by one of the cars for the sake of the ride, hut who changed cars for the return journey at the Kingsland terminus. One of them is reported to have remarked that the car was ''too jerky." | j VARIOUS EXPERIENCES. Mrs McQuoid, who was making a journey to town in the company of her daughter, Margaret, a girl of 14, and I occupied a standing up place near the j motorman on the two-decker, escaped I unhurt, and her daughter only received slight' injuries to her leg. Mrs McQuoid was. therefore, able to help some of the others, and remained at the side of the unfortunate Miss Hogarth until arrival of a doctor. Mrs McQuoid says: "The motorman stuck to his post like a man through what must have been a terrible ordeal to him. Mr C. H. Page and his wife occupied seats insitle the combination car. Air Page says: "Soon after leaving Kingstreet we felt a terrific concussion, the lights went out. and a scene of great confusion followed. Nobody seemed to know exactly what had happened be- | yond the fact that there had been a ! terrible smash up. As soon as possible I cleared a space at one of the windows and managed to scramble through. afterwards assisting Mrs Page out the same way. Mrs Page had her nose broken, and sustained injuries to the back." Mr Page received sundry scratches on the face and bruises about I the bodyMr McElwain, of Charles-street, Rocky Nook, was inside the cornbina- | tion car with his wife. He says I when the crash came he got out j through a window and dragged Mrs McI Elwain after him. Mrs McElwain has ! several severe bruises and some abrasions about the body, and is also suffering from severe shock, being confined to her bed- Mr McElwain was not juredMr 0. C. Morris, of Kingsland was on the top of the double-decker with his wife and child, and they all escaped i with bruises. Air E. Dnimm. stonemason. Kingsland, but late of Waihi. had a trying experience. His wife and children were j seated inside the double-docker, and he was forced to stand on the stairs. When the car first began to run back he could easily have jumped off, but. of course, would not leave his wife and children. "At the bend by Georgestreet," said Mr Drumm. "I saw the headlight of an incoming ear from ! Kingsland, and at once recognised my only chance of escape was to jump. I did so when within a few yards of the car. and fell heavily to the ground, striking my head and losing consciousness for some little time. I was badly cut about the head, and sustained some very nasty bruises, but though suffering from shock am going on all right. My wife got off with a few bruises about the back, and the little ones fared no worse." Eriends of Mr Drumm will be pleased to learn that to-day he was very much better. Where so many suffered, it seems almost miraculous that a woman and three little children sitting in the front of thp combination ear should escape without serious injury, but such was the experience of Mrs Xixon. wife iof Mi- .lohn Xixon. of Commercial-road. | Kingsland. She was seated in front . with her three children—Frank, aged | nine years, Louis, six. and her daughterj Ethel. Mrs Xixon was struck by splintered timbers, but not being jammed was soon released. Tier children escaped with a few scratches and cuts, although the front car was completely smashed to pieces, and the ironwork I twisted about into all kinds of shapes, j A PLUCKY LADY. Miss Lily Edwards, who was riding | inside the combination car with Mr ; j C'olson, said: "The woodwork behind i I ni_ crashed in, and some of it became i ! entangled in my hair as I went down. : A man fell across mc with a child in his j [arms. Mr Colson had blood flowing from i ibis cheek. I disentangled myself, and I getting out of the window, I. helped Mr Colson through, and assisted him to my father's house. I was myself covered '■ with blood, but this was from Mr Colson's wound.'' LOOT TORX OFF. Mr Alfred Williams says : "The lights l went out. and a panic was threatened.! : The women and children were very I frightened, bur some of the men spoke | reassuringly to them. We hoped then ; that the brakes would soon act. When I they still failed great confusion arose on the car. In the collision one of niv boots was torn nearly in two. and 'l was bruised in the ankle ami log, but I :on the whole I consider I got off litrlitlv. ! My wife was uninjured."' WAXGAXLT VICTIMS. j Mr John (lark, who holds a good I position in the Railway Department at j Wunganui. was among those seriously! hurt. He arrived in Auckland on I Tuesday, and ha- since been staving! with relatives at King-land. His wife! was also concerned in the accident, having -.u-i.iiii.-.l shock, bruises and abrasion-. Both are in a very low condition, and could say nothing "To the reporters. Mrs Kayes. a sister of Mr. Clark, however, -aid that for the first time in six years all the members of the family were assembling for the j Christmas dinner. S vera] of them re- ! marked the day before the accident up-I on the fact that they should all be to-I rgthcr, and they Imped, under happier auspice- than u:i the la-! oeea-ion. -i\ years ago. Mr John Clark o.imc up from Wang.-iutii at that time and 10-; ' all his personal belongings through the house being burned down. That Tup- ' pened oh a Christmas live, Too. Shortly before eight o'clock last night a party. i comprising Mr. and Mrs. John ('lark. ; Mr and Mrs Joseph Kayes and Miss Kayes. boarded a combination ear at | the Kingsland Terminus, intending to I go as far as Newton. Miss slaves remarked that as the ear was crowded' they should wait for the next, but the ' suggestion was not taken up by the

m^m ——i»_——I——————_»——.<__—___l_»_i___»_ party. Mr Clark was standing near the step. When the collision occurred Mr Clark fell over the chain and sustained concussion of the brain. Mrs Clark was on an inside scat, aud. being thrown violently forward, got. badly bruised about the body and cut about the faceMr and Mrs Kayos were badly shaken. Dr. Girdler states that he cannot say definitely for a day or two the extend lof the injuries Mr Kayos has susfaiiiedr He is. however, in addition to concussion of the brain, seemingly suffering. from a fracture of the skull, and is quite deaf. It will be a mouth befor& he will be quite recovered. TRAMWAY CO.S STATEMENT. AX EXPLANATION REGARDING THE BRAKES. Mr. M. Carey, the company's chic! electrical engineer, interviewed the motormen who were on the cars, and madfull inquiries into the causes of the accident. The result of bis investigations; is embodied in the following account of the occurrence, which he has furnished for publication: "Just before the double-decked car Xo. 39 came, to the loop in Eden Terrace the motorman received a signal from the conductor to stop. He threw off power as usual, and naturally applied the ratchet brake, which is mostly used for ordinary stopping. Tlie brake did not act, and the motorman. instead ot" applying the tracw brake or again applying power, ran lo the back of the ear, anil again tried the ratchet brake. The ear had then too much speed on for the ratchet brake, and the motorman ran through to the other end of the ear again, aud applied the reversing lever. The car. however, was now going at h, high speed, and the motorman, in bin excitement, did not use the reversing apparatus in accordance with the instructions of the company. Instead of reversing the lever gently and up to a certain I point, as instructed, he reversed violently, with the result that the automatic I circuit-breakers sent through a tremendous rush of current, and disconnected everything on the car. Even at that moment it would not have been too late to prevent the collision had the motorman simply applied the. emergency brakes, which are most reliable in every respect. Even at the great speed the car had attained, it could have been pulled up in two or three times its own length bail the emergency brakes been applied. The trolley-pole came off the wire shortly after, the car started to run downhill. The pole caught in a span wire, and was badly bent, and in this condition was swinging about in all directions, but the fact that the pole was off had no effect on the emergency brake, which is equally effective whether the power is on or off the line. The ordinary ratchet brake had been working all day, and it is hard to account for it,s not working at that moment. The motorman states that he found it stiff, and whether that was on account of the chain having caught beneath or from some other cause we will not be able to tell, on account of tho car being so badly smashed. The cars are fitted with reversing gear, and these were promptly used by tbe motorman in charge of the combination car; in fact, bis car had started to go backward when the double-decker dashed into him. but he had not time to avert the collision. THE MOTOSMAN'S STATEMENT. Mr. F. Humphrey, the motorman who was driving, the double-decker, has been in the company's service for over nine, months. When the cars collided he was thrown out on to tho footpath, but he escaped almost entirely unhurt. He has made the following statement to the police regarding the accident: "I was driving the double-decker No. 30, which left the Kingsland terminus about ten minutes past eight p.m. We proceeded as far as the loop-line near Charlotte street, and 1 then went to put the brakes on so as to allow a car from town to pass us. but the brakes failed to act, and I then attempted to drive her ahead, but the switch blew out, and we ran back at a terrific speed till we got as far as Glenmore, where we crashed into another car." CONDUCTORS' STATEMENTS. The two conductors on the doubledecker car have made the following statements : Cuthbert Downie Carson, the conductor on the lower platform, states: "When near the loop-line at Charlotte street the motorman, Humphrey, came through the car and said, 'The front brake won't act.' He then tried the back j brake, but it would not act. He then ! ran through the car again. After that I the car commenced to run back at a teri riiic pace, and the next filing I knew we I crashed into another car." Buns Peter Hansen, the on j the top platform, states that when the car commenced to run back he pulled ' down the pole, which was then on the : wire, but the rope broke, and the pole got away from him. The next thing he knew was the collision with the other I car. i | THE INQUESTS. j | MR. CALEY EXAMINED IN BED. Mr H. W. Brabant, S.M., opened the inquests on the three bodies this morning, in the absence from Auckland of the I Coroner (Mr T. Gresham). The inquest j was begun at the Hospital, where the . body of Benjamin Lindsay lies. The following were sworn in as the ; jury:—Messrs Thos. Read (foreman), j John Spinlcv, Henry Conquer, Thos. ! Mat-ready, Fred Hitchcock, and Robert ! Armitage. j Mr Thos. Cotter was present as eoun- | sel for the Electric- Tramway Company, instructed by Mr W. Coleman, the com- ! pany's solicitor. Mr Carey, the com- . pany's chief electrician, was also pre- ; sent. Mr Brabant said he proposed that the jury should view the three bodies, and hear tlie medical evidence, and evi-

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS19031226.2.23.14

Bibliographic details

FEARFUL TRAM ACCIDENT., Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 308, 26 December 1903

Word Count
7,380

FEARFUL TRAM ACCIDENT. Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 308, 26 December 1903

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.

Working