Hide Articles List

29 articles on this Page

Advertising

Family Notices

Advertising

------_. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER…

[No title]

[No title]

[No title]

MYSTERY OF A DITCH.

"ATTllA" AT HIS MAJESTY'S…

TWENTY WORKING HOURS J

[No title]

I1 The Mikkelsen Expedition…

SCENE OF THE PONTYCYMMER TRAGEDY.

'--------"--COINERS' DEN RAIDED.

-----_:_-,---__----NEW SCHOOLS…

WRIGHT IN THE WR0N6.

GREAT WYRLEY THREATS.

— ..-.::3 CARMARTHEN ELECTRICITY,

LIMERICK" CONTESTS.

A PENARTH WANDERER.

COLLIERY HAULIER ARRESTED.

" I HAVE DONE IT."

THE INJURIES DESCRIBED.

;THE VICTIM'S FAMILY.

ACCUSED IN COURT.

----------__------THE KING'S…

PETROL DANCERS IN LONDON.

News
Cite
Share

PETROL DANCERS IN LONDON. 'Bus Driver's Fearful End. At Westminster Coroner's Court on Tuesday, Mr Troutbeck held an inquest on the body of William Swift, 39. a motor 'bus driver, in the employ of the London General Omnibus Com- pany, lately living in Tourney-road, Fulham. who was fatally burned on Sunday night. September 1st. Evidence was given r Albert Dixon. he conductor of deceased'c s, that on the dst journey from Liverpool- tieet to Barnes on Sunday night, September 1st, they reached Sloane-square soon after midnight. It was then found that the cock of the petrol tank had broken off, and that the petrol was escaping. Deceased got down from his seat and put his thumb over the leak, whilst witness took one of the front lamps and went back over the road to look for the plug. Being unable to find the plug, he returned, after an absence of eight or nine minutes, and then found the driver satu- rated with petrol. It was a 22 gallon tank. and was nearly full. Witness gave the driver some waste to stop the leak, but petrol con- tinued to come out. He then went on top of the 'bus to ask a lady passenger to get off, and at that moment he saw a flash and heard a report, and the 'bus was then on fire. The lady passenger descended the stairs safely, and witness jumped from the top of the 'bus to the ground. The Coroner Why did you do that ? Was the whole bus ablaze ?- f'cs, all ablaze. On regaining my feet I saw my driver in flames running up the road. I went after him and as I got to him he fell on his back. I put my ca.p over his face to prevent, his eyes being burned, and two soldiers who were passing took off their coats and put the flames out. Answering further questions by the Coroner, witness said that the cock of the petrol tank was liable to work loose in running. He had been 13 months on a motor-bus and bad not known a petrol cock to come off before this. The petrol was running down the road into the gutter, and witness thought thatsomeone pass ing must have thrown down a lighted match or cigarette, as the flash came from a point about 30 feet behind the bus. P.C. 356 B said he saw the driver get under the bus and went to see what was the matter. The driver told him that the cock of the petrol tank was missing, and witness went away to try to find a cork. As he returned he saw a flash, and the driver with his clothing in fiamos ran up tbe road. He shouted to some men to throw him down, and after ringing the alarm for the fire brigade sent Swiftinacab to St. George's Hospital. The lighted lamp of the bus was on the ground neardeceased, who was immediately under a street gas lamp. The house surgeon at St. George's Hospital said deceased was bncned about the face, legs, arms, and hands. He died the following Satur- day, September 7th, from exhaustion, the result of the burns. The Coroner Did he ever make any state- ment to you about the accident ?-He said, I was carrying a lamp with my hands soaked with petrol and the result wasâdisaster." Do you really think he understood what he was saying ?âYes, I think so. A verdict of" Accidental death was re- turned, and the jury added that they were of opinion that the cocks of the petrol tank should be examined every journey.

SHIPBUILDING DISPUTE.

MANGLED ON THE LiNE.