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inotlwr Accident on the Great Western. I SLOUGH, FRIDAY EVENING.—Information reached Windsor this afternoon that another accident had occurred to the express train, between the Slough and Maidenhead stations. Rumour said that the train had run on the line, and that several persons were killed, and near!; the whole of the passengers severely in- jured. On proceeding lo the spot, where I arrived within about fifty minutes of the accident takiog place, I found that although the mishap might havs been attended with fearful consequences, a luggage van having {ot orr the line while the train was going at Ibe speed of between forty and fifty miles an hour, not the most trifling injuries had been sustained by any of the passengers, amounting to nearly one hundred persons. The foUowing parti- culars may be relied upon At a few minutes past four o'clock, an engine, sounding the danger whistle," arrived up the line at Slough, without a sin- gle carriage attached to it, to the great alarm and consternation of the railway company's servants at this station, who were mo- mentarily expecting te express train, which left Exeter this day at noon. to pass onwirds to town. The engine driver informed Mr. Howell, the superintendent at the station, that the luggage van of the express train had got off the line at a point of the railway about half way between Slough aud Maidenhead, and close to Cockfield-bridae (crossing the line) near Hay-mill. Mr. Howell immediately returned with the engine, taking with him between 20 and 30 men, with pickaxes, screw jacks, and other implements which might be required. It appears that the train consisted of the engine and tender, two second class caniages, two first class carriages, and a lug- gage-van, which was the hindermost vehicle. As soon as the train had passed under Cockfield-bridge, the engine driver (who was the same man who had charge ol-the engine attached to the express train which was upset on Tuesday last at Langley), ob. served, that the van had got off the rails. The steam was imme diately shut off, and the train brought to a stand-still, after pro- ceeding not more than 400 or 500 yards. The spot at which this occurred was fortunately in a deep cutting. The luggage- van, as I could distinctly trace by the nmrks made by the flanges of the wheels, got off the lihe on the left side of the mils; and, after proceeding for about fifty yards on must have broken completely away from the last of the two first class car- riages, to which it was attached, by the snapping of the connec- ting chains, for it 11i"n passed on to the right, or down line of rails, the wheels cutting deep into the line of sleepers, and split- ting in two several of the transoms or crossbars of thick timber. The ballast was ploughed up to a considerable depth, over which the wheels passed. Had not the engine-driver fortunately ob. it, the most] lamentable results might have ensued, for the two centre and two hind wheels of the first class carriage, full of passeogers, next before the van, weie off the line, and wholly disconnected with the rails. The rails appeared to be in perfect oilier, as far as I oeuld judge, at the point where the van first got off them. The luggage van was a light vehicle, and not heavily laden, with only four wheels. It was a carriage of pie- cisely the same construction and weight as that which was the cause of the accident on Tuesday last. Indeed, it was not ex- pected, after the late providential escape, that the company would have again attached a light four-wheeled vehicle to the express trains. 1 understand a very different arrangement will be adopted for the future. The train, after a delay of about forty minutes, proceeded to Slough (whence it taJted at five minutes past five o'clock). and thence to Paddington, where it arrived about three- quarters of an hour behind its usual time. The four o'clock down train to Reading was detained at Slough about twenty minutes, by which time the luggage van was lighted" on to the up tine ot rails, and taken to Slough. When it arrived at that station :t was observed that the tire and flange of the wheel which was the fitst to get off the rail, we:e too hot for the hand to bear the beat without piin, while the other three wheels were quite cold. I merely state this fact, leaving it to others to account for it. Sir Richard Vyvian and Dr. Strong and family, who were in the train at the time the carriages were upset, on Tuesday, still remain at the Royal Hotel. The remainder have left. It having been ascertained that the accidents to the express trains on Tuesday and Friday last, were caused by the luggage van in each case getting olf the hne of rails, in consequence of the lightly constructed character of those vehicles, the directors have since come to a resolution, to prevent, for the future, a repe- tition of such accidents arising from a similar cause, by ordering that no four-wheel vans, for the conveyance of the luggage of the passengers by the first trains, shall be attached to any of the carriages. This resolution was fiist carried into effect on Saturday morning, the day after the second accident occurred; upon which occasion one of the heavy second-class passenger six.wheeled carriages (weighing seven tens) was attached to the train for the transmission of luggage, instead of one of the four- wheeled vans, weighing only three tons and a half. This plan will be strictly adheretllo in the case of the express trains. The expenses incurred by Sir Richard Vyviau, M.P., Dr. Strong and family, and the other parties who have been detained at the Royal Hotel, at Slough, in consequence of the injuries they reo ceived by the upsetting of the train on Tuesday last, will be de- frayed by the railway company, instructions to that effect having been conveyed to M. Dotesio, the proprietor.

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