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SHOCKING ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY. THE INQUEST. On Saturday, a railway labourer, named Edward Cornwall, a married man with two children, residing in Gwaenysgor, was killed whilst attempting to board a ballast train in motion. Mr. Richard Bromley,county coroner, held an inquiry into the circumstances of the- death on Monday, at the Railway Hotel, Prestatyn, when the following were sworn on the jury: Messrs. Joseph Littler (fore- man); Samuel Cooper, N ant Hall; Robert Blackwall, Plas John Ellis. Top Pentre Thomas Gratton, Peudve Edwarcl Morgan, blacksmith; Arthur Kewney, Cross Foxes; John Hughes, Stafford House Thomas Wil- liams, draper; Edward D. Jones, builder; John Pritchard, builder; Thomas Boyie; fishmonger; R. W. Simon, grocer John Wilde, Railway Hotel, and E. H. Parry, ironmonger. The first witness was Richard Cornwall, labourer, Prestatyn, who identified the body which the jury had viewed, as that of his nephew, Edward Cornwall, railway labourer, Gwaenysgor. The deceased was about 38 years of age, and left a widow and two child- ren. Elias Roberts, Cement Row, Prestatyn, deposed that he was talking to the deceased about half-past nine, on Saturday morning, near the level crossing on the line' De- ceased said he was going to Coleshill to work that day, and wait waiting for the bal- last train from Bangor to pick him up. He further said it was a rather foolish thing for him to come from Bangor the night before, as he was afraid the ballast train would not come. Deceased had been waiting for the train since shortly after seven, and said he thought he had better go home again. But just as they were talking the train appeared. As it approached, deceased went on to the platform, and ran along with the train which was travelling rather quickly. He attempted to get into the front van, and clung to the ftide of it. Almost immediately afterwards he fell on his face on the platform, and was dragged feet first under the train. The train was stopped, and the next he saw of de- ceased was the body lying on the four foot,' about 25 yards from the Chester end of the up platform. Witness believed that the train was to stop at Prestatyn, but there was only the deceased to be picked up there. Deceased told him he had come from Ban- gor the previous night to save paying his lodging at that town. He (witness) did not think the driver saw Cornwall struggling on the van, or the train would have been stop- ped sooner. Replying to the coroner, wit- ness said he did not shout to attract the driver's attention, because he thought he was too far away to be heard, neither did he hear anybody else, nor the deceased shout. Deceased was carried clinging to the van far abaut two or three yards. Witness thought his foot must have caught between the foot- board and the platform, for he fell almost as soon os he took hold of the handle. Thomas Jones, platelayer, Amlwch, said the deceased worked in the same gang as him. On the Friday before the accident they had been working at Holyhead, and were to proceed to Coleshill on Saturday. Instead of staying at Bangor on Friday night, deceased came home, arrangements being made to pick him up at Prestatyn, as the ballast train passed through on Satur- day morning. He did not know whether the driver was aware of that arrangement. The train consisted of an engine, front and rear vans, and twenty loaded waggons. Platelayers travelled in both vans on that day, andithere were also a brakesman with them. Cornwall was the only man they had to pick up. Just: outside Prestatyn station they slackened speed as the signals were against them, but immediately re-started with sufficient steam to reach the platform where they saw Cornwall signalling with his arms to stop the train. As the train ap- proached him, Cornwall walked to meet it, and attempted to jump on to the step of the front van, witness at this time being en- gaged in applying the brake. He saw that the deceased had failed to catch on to the van near the door, but clung to it about the middle. The next thing he saw was de- ceased being knocked on the back by the corner of the next waggon, and drawn under the train. Deceased fell under the wheels and across the metals. By this time he (witness) had applied the brake, and the engine driver was doing his best to stop the train. They were not travelling quickly at the time-at about the rate of five miles an hour. He had been employed on- the rail way for eleven years, and he did not remem- ber another case of stopping to pick up a workman. It was against the rules to do so. Hugh Williams, sub-ganger of platelayers, Bryn Siencyn, Anglesey, said that deceased had asked him on Friday night for permis- sion to use his f privilege ticket' to go home that night instead of Saturday, and to stop the train to pick him up at Prestatyn Sta- tion on Saturday morning. He (witness) said he could take his chance. By that he meant that as he /ml no power to stop ths train, deceased must trust to the generosity of the driver. At Colwyn Bay, on Saturday morning, he sent word to the driver to ask him to stop the train at Prestatyn. He was breaking the rule by asking him to do so, but the driver agreed. He saw nothing of the accident, but saw the body after the train stopped. John Tharin, Ba-iig(-r, said he was the driver of the ballast train on Saturday morning. They arrived at Prestatyn at five and twenty minutes past nine. They were stopped for, about a minute outside Prestatyn Station by signal, and as he moved on to reach the platform, he saw the signalman motioning him to stop. He also saw a man (who he now knew to be the deceased) signalling him to stop on the platform. He had had instructions to stop at Prestatyn, and was bringing the engine up, when he saw de- ceased signalling to him. When he stopped the train the engine was about two waggons' length beyond the platform on the Chester side. As he turned around to see if the rear of his train was clear of the level crossing, he saw the deceased attempting to get into the van and falling under the train and he applied the steam brake and stopped the train at once. By the Coroner: It was his intention to stop the train, and not merely to slow down for the deceased to get in. P.C. Cheney produced deceased's watch in a battered condition, the hands indicating five and twenty minutes past nine v/rsen they stopped. The Coroner observed that he did not think it would be necessary for him to sum the evidence up. The deceased had un- doubtedly broken the rules of the company in doing what he' did, and. paid the penalty. There was no evidence of negligence on the Part of any one else. The jury immediately returned a verdict that deceased had come to his death acci- dentally by being run over by a train. III ~—:



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