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CONSTABLE DIES.

HUNTLY RAIL SMASH.

EXPRESS STRIKES CAR.

SECOND OFFICER IMPROVES.

(By Telegraph.—Special to "Star.") HUNTLY, this day. Five hours after being severely injured in a- level crossing smash at Huntly yesterday afternoon, Constable James Shields, aged 36, died in the Waikato Hospital last evening. His companion, the driver of the motor car, Constable David Robertson, aged 50, was stated by the Waikato Hospital authorities this moi'ning to be progressing favourably. He had spent a comfortable night, and his condition was not regarded as dangerous. Constables Robertson and Shields were permanently stationed at Huntly. They were moving slowly over the Raynor Street crossing, with Constable Robertson at the wheel, when their car was struck by the Auckland-bound Rotorua express just before two o'clock yesterday afternoon. Severe internal injuries were received by Constable Shields, and Constable Robertson was badly injured about the head and shoulders. Both were wedged in the car. Constable Shields was a married man with one young child. For 11 years he was attached to • the Auckland police force, being stationed on Queen's wharf and later at Ponsonby. A few months, ago he was transferred to Huntly. Constable Robertson has been a member of the New Zealand police force for over 20 years and before that served for 10 years in England. He was transferred from Waikaia, Otago, to take charge of the Huntly station last August. He is a married man with three sons. A singular coincidence last evening was that while Constable Robertson was lying severely injured in the Waikato Hospital his son William, aged 11, one of twins, was rushed to the same hospital with acute appendicitis. The crossing where the accident happened is one of the most dangerous in the district. It is thought that the attention of Constable Robertson was concentrated on a, coal train arriving from Pukemiro and that he did not notice the approach of the express. Constable Adam Murray, of Auckland, this morning took charge of the Huntly station temporarily, and Constable T. D. Elms, who had been relieving Constable Shields, will remain in Huntly. Constable Shields had started duty again only a week ago after annual leave. Superintendent S. Till, in charge of the Auckland district, went to Huntly by car this morning. Constable Shields is to bo given a full police funeral on Sunday afternoon, leaving Francis Street, Takapuna, for O'Neill's Point Cemetery.

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CONSTABLE DIES., Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 253, 26 October 1933

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CONSTABLE DIES. Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 253, 26 October 1933

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