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DREADFUL RAILWAY ACCIDENT IN FRANCE. A collision took place on Thursday, near the station of Berre, between the express train starting from Marseilles at half-past eleven in the morning and an omnibus train. Two passengers and two agents of the company were killed. The number of wounded is not exactly known. According to the information received, the cause of the accident wa3 this :-In consequence of some repairs in course of execution on one of the iron ways, the circulation was for the moment confined to the other. In such circumstances, all the trains circulating on the single line were bound by the regu- lations to bo accompanied by an agent appointed to act as pilot. Unfortunately, on the day the Indian mail going to Marseilles was announced, and the agent appointed to serve as pilot or director, had gone to await it at one of the stations above Rognac, the train from Marseilles arrived at that station. This train ought to have waited until the Indian express had passed, but the station-master allowed it to proceed, thinking it would have time to pass over the portion of the railway with a single line before the other reached that point. The contrary, however, occurred, and the two traina, one proceeding at the rate of twenty-five and the other nearly fifty miles an hour, came into collision with a terrible crash. The first carriages of the Marseilles train were smashed to pieces and heaped on each other, and the driver of the Indian mail train was killed. The catastrophe took place in the open country, at a distance from any town, and the wounded persons lay for three hottrs before any surgical assistance could be obtained. The scene was most horrible; the numerous victims were lying about pell-mell among the fragments of the carriages, exposed to the burning rays of the sun; the greater part had their thighs or legs crushed. One unfortunate young waman, about to become a mother, had both her legs broken, and with her last breath gave birth to a child. The agent who was accompany- ing one of the trains had both his legs out off, and died on the spot. At the latest moment we learn that the total number of killed is six, and the wounded thirty-eight.

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