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RHYMNEY HAULIER KILLED. AN UNEXPLAINED ACCIDENT. Mr. J. B. Walford, district coroner, held an Inquest at the police-station, Rhyjnney, on Friday afternoon, touching the death of Thomas Probert, 21, the son of Mr. Evah Probert, Mount Pleasant, who was killed at the McLaren Colliery, on the previous Tuesday.—Mr. J. vans, the resident manager, represented the Company, and Mr. L. Robinson, from the miners' bffice, and Mr. W. S. Davies, the agent, were also present. The first witness was the father, Mr. Lvan Probert, who said his son was in good health 'on the morning of the accident. He also had good eyesight and hearing. By Mr. Robinson He was a collier generally, but accustomed to I hauling. 11 David Lewis, a colliery haulier, said he waf) engaged at No. I MacLaren Colliery, where] deceased was working as a haulier. They were engaged together in the No. I deep west side. The deceased was killed at 3.55 p.m. Witness was bringing a journey out immediately behind deceased, each having a horse. They started out together. Probert was not on the gun. The deceased had gone on about 20 yards in the meantime, and witness was hiding his sprags for the next day. He heard something falling, and went on to within six yards of the horse and discovered some coal which had fallen from one of the trams. He called deceased by name three times, and receiving no answer, went forward past the one tram which was tipped up. Seeing no one he looked under the tram and there saw deceased with his head immediately Under the wheel of one of the trams, and his feet towards the horse. Probert was quite dead, and thereupon he rushed back for assis- tance. They had to tumble the tram over to recover the body. Witness looked around to Bee if there was any catch in the rails, but failed to see anything. The horse which he was driving was one of the quietest in the pit. There were no lights along that part of the Workings except the lamps they carried. He found deceased's lamp in his right hand. In the ordinary course deceased would be riding on the gun. Probert had been working in that district for a long time, and was a most careful rider and collier.—By Mr. Robinson: They used one sprag in each tram on coming down that deep. Four sprags in three trams would be too many owing to a swamp which existed at the bottom. They had not received instruc- tions not to ride on the gun in that part of the working. There was plenty of room on the side for the trams to pass. No coal was found under the trams, nor was there any indication that they had been off for any distance. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death," and the foreman said the case was doubly sad owing to the fact that the parents lost another son by a mining accident only eighteen months ago.—The jury expressed their deep sympathy with them in their affliction.


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