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STATISTICS OF RAILWAY ACCIDENTS.

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STATISTICS OF RAILWAY ACCIDENTS. The Board of Trade have just issued a return of the number of the number of railway accidents and of persons killed or injured thereby during the half year ended the 31st of De- cember, 1859, of which the following is an abstract The returns, which comprise all accidents in the United Kingdom, state that the total number of acci- dents was 36, the total number of killed 9, and of in- jured 236. Out of these 36 accidents three were from collisions between passenger trains 13 from collisions between passenger trains and other trains or engines; two from passenger trains running off their proper line through points being wrong; seven from passenger trains getting off the rails; one from the bursting of the boiler of an engine of a passenger train two from the break- ing of the axles or wheels of passenger trains one from the axles or wheels or machinery of engines breaking or getting out of order; two from trains running into stations at too great speed; three from collisions be- tween goods trains and two from the bursting of the boilers of engines of goods trains. Out of the nine per- sons killed by these accidents, five were servants of the company. The total number, however, who have met their deaths on railroads during the last half-year, including the on railroads during the last half-year, including the above 9„,isllZ, which numbers are thus distributed :— 16 passengers by their own want of caution, 52 servants of companies or of contractors from their own miscon- duct or want of caution, 13 killed while crossing at level crossings, and 24 trespassers, of whom three were cases of suicide. It must be borne in mind that these accidents are spread over an area, of 10,001 miles of railway-viz., 7,309 miles in England and Wales, 1,265 miles in Scot- land, and 1,427 miles in Ireland. The number of persons killed for the corresponding period of 1858 over 9,534 miles of rail was 133, showing a decrease in the half-year just passed of 16 over an in- creased space of 467 miles.

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