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TEBilBLE DISASTER; ON TH:8 | GEAT WESTERN RAILWAY. —— HEARTRENDING SCENES. 1 /fREXHAM AND RUABON VICTIMS. THE INQUEST: STATEMENTS BY THE DRIVERS. A railway aceid; nt, which caused a profound sensation throughout tne kingoom on Christmas Day, occurred on the Gieat Western Rudway on Thursday wetk, a few hundred yards fr< m the Tillage of Hacjpton Gav. anJ clcso to Shiptuu-on-Cherwell, near Oxford. The train contained a large number of passengers, most ot whom were siting fneuds for the Christmas. They were being conveyed in 13 earri«ges. and two engines, from the Great Western station at Oxford, at 11 40. to Birmingham and the north. The train, which was half au hour late, proceeded safely about six miles, when the tire of the wheel of a third- class carriage broke, and immediately left the metals, and for at least 300 yards plunged along over the sleepers, many of which were cut in two, and rushed Over a wooden bridge across the river Cherwell. Between this bridge and a similar bridge over iie Oxford and Birmingham Canal the carriage was thrown down the embankment, as was evident from a deep sear cut in the grouBd, and dragged after it several others It wag here that tbe accident occurred. The train was going at the rate of 40 miles an hour, pnd the impetus given to the carriages an they left the rails carried them with terrible force for a lorg distance until they w finally dashed to pieces in the meadows below. Three carriages and a luggage van were deposited beyond the canal. One Carnage carried away one of the stone abutments of the bridges and fell in splinters into the water. The frag- ments of two carriages, turned wheels upwards, were literally strewn about the embankment, and one carriage was hurled right across the up line on to the bank. The front part of the train continued its course for soire distance. There can be no doubt whatever that in the Case of the majority of the victims death was instan- taneous. The overturned carriages, the heart-rending shrieks of the injured, the dead bodies seen in all direc- tions, and the scattered luggage, combined to render the spectacle horrible in the extreme. The more slightly in- jurt i a! once net to work with piniseworthv alacrity to help their uisi; eased fellow travellers. Large fires were lighted along the embankmeut from the broken carriages, and Thirh r the wounded went in dismal groups, whilst ethers sat disconsolately in the snow, apparently over- come with the magnitude of the disaster and their own providential escape fiom a fearful death. The sad Occurrence was witnessed from the Hampton Gay paper mill by the workmen, who apprised their master, Mr Pearson, of it; and the mill was immediately stopped and they proceeded to the pot, about a quarter of a mile from the llllll. Mr rearsoa and his men at once pro- ceeded T8 rescue the sufferers, some of whom they con- veyed as fast as possible to the manor house at Hampton Gay. Owing to the distance, however, from this place, great difficulty was experienced by Mr Pearson in re- moving them, while haruly any assistance was sent, to him from the neighbouring stations, two of which were within sight of the accident. At the earliest opportunity, telegrams weve despatched to Oxford ana other places for medical assistance but here, again, there was considerable delay, and it was about au hour and a half before a doctor appeared, Mr Maliam, surgeon, of Oxford, being the tiist on the spot. Be was followed by others, all of whom were most un- remitting in their attention to the unfortunate sufferers, whom they caused to be conveyed in a special train as quickly as poss.ble to the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford, fee, '1 he scene at the Oxford station WàS most exciting, as it haa become known throughout the city that a dread- ful accident had happened and hundreds of persons presented themselves in the fear that relatives and friends had been victims. Most of the wounded and dying were conveyed without los. of time to the Radcliffe Infirmary, while others were sent to New College, Jones's Rad- Way Hotel, the Randolph Hotel, the King's Arms Hotel, &c., where they received the best, medical assistance. At the infirmary, 50 patients were counted, of whom most are known. Some wonderful escapes were mentioned in Oxford, and among them is that of a gentlcn n sitting with his nephew between his Knees, who WH, unhurt, while the youug man was killed. In a com; artreent containing 11 person*, five of whom were relatives, the latter are said to have escaped totally, wh.le of the remaining six none survived. Two ladies were thrown on the up line out ot a carriage, winch was immediately shattered to pieces. The work of extricating the dead and wounded from the rubbish was a most difficult and painful one. Not only were they got out one by one, but by threes and fours, and underneath the fragments of one carriage no fewer than 13 dead bodies were found. One man was ji.tnmed into the ground across the loins by the buffer of a third-class carnage, and it was three hours before the fragments could be raised sufficiently to extricate him. As the bodies were removed fivm the wreck they were placed on the tide of the line, and were then conveyed on hurdles and other extemporised biers to a shed adjoining the paper mill. Here in an hour or two lay a row of dead bodies; some mutilated beyond description, from the old nwa to the child of tender years. The dead were carried across a ditch, over which the side of a carriage served as a bridge, and in the sned above alluded to the shocking task was performed of searching the bodies with a view to identification. Lord R. Churchill and several ladies from Blenheim Palace, with a Christian feeling which entitles them to the heartiest gratitude, administered nourishment and stimulants to those who stood in need of them. The canal bridge, curious to say, although carriages have been hurled right and left of it. is still standing, but its timbers have sustained a fearful shaking. While the work of getting out the dead was in progress, a well-dressed man attempted to steal the watch of a gentleman, and, being detected in the act, he was roughly treated by the crowd. He was safely handed over to the custody of the police and locked up. As darkness fell upon the scene the exertions on the part of the workmen were suspended for the night. The repair- ing of the line was, however, actively proceeded with. The greatest excitement was exhibited on the whole of the Great Western system north of Wolverhampton when it became known that the accident had occurred. Owing to the telegraph communication being blocked no precise information as to the accident could, however, be ascertained that evening. The non-arrival of through trains was sufficient proof to the officials that an accident had occurred, but the majority of the public north of Birmingham were kept in ignorance of the true facts until the arrival of the papers on Christmas morning. All along the line crowds of passengers assembled on the platforms at the stations on the look-out for friends, and making anxious inquiries of the officials as to what had taken place. All newspapers coming to hand were eagerly sought for, and the newsmongers found their supplies nothing like equal to the demand. At Buabon considerable excitement prevailed when it became known that in the ill-fated train were several persons bound on a vicit to friends in the neighbourhood. Some of the injured boucd for the district continued their journey on the Thursday night, and were forwarded from Oxford vie. Worcester. Amongst the number was Mr Edward Crutchloe, of Barton, London, who, in company with his little hoy, were about to pay a visit to his friends, who reside in Oswestry. He is suffering from severe injuries to both shoulders. He stated in answer to inquiries that he could aot give much account of the accident owing to being stunned and confused. He was travelling with his son in a first-class carriage in the train referred to. There were two gentlemen, one of whom was a hencbman, in the same compartment as himself they got along very well until after passing Oxford. The first thing he noticed wrong was the jolt- ing motion of the carriage; next they appeared to be dragged along, the carriage being off the metals. Immediately afterwards the carriage turned over on its side. Mr Crntchloe was stunned, and upon coming to himself found that, together with his little boy, they were lying at the bottom of the carriage. The French- man escaped without injury, but the other occupants were less fortunate; one gentleman was cut badly. Mr Crutchloe's soc, as well as himself, was badly hart. After a time a porter went ta their assistance, but. they were not extricated until the top part of the carnage 1 was removed. Mr Crutchloe found that he was I able to walk with a little assistance, and he and E his son were then wrapped up in rugs and t placed on the side of the line. He remarked t hat the scene at this point was something terrible, and it Ippeared to him that with one or two exceptions the c hole of the carriages in the train were smashed. Most hsartrending were the cries of the injured, who in r romy instances called upon the more fortunate passengers 1 toassist them out of the wreck. After lying on the I sicW of the line for sometime he with others were I attended by a surgeon, and subsequently they were taken n back to Oxford. Finding that he was able to continue a his journey he was conveyed with his son and numerous w others in a special train via Worcester to Wolverhamp- v ton, w here they arrived abuut ten o'clock at night. On w this part of the journey the injured persons were kindly h attended to by a surgeon who resides at Wednesbury. t< Later on they proceeded to Oswestry, which place was ir reached between two and three o'clock in the morning, n Both Mr Crutchloe and his son were removed to his II brother's house, and Mr Sides Davies, surgeon, called in a! to u.t' Although both are at the time of S riti +,0 their beds, they are progressing f( lav" there were two ladies on their rp vIas Madoc. The tl face was ce i of the young «ewi a wish to tb -villain in Oxford for the time being, and they were ai once conveyed to the residence of a surgeon. ] Another of the injured passengers was the Rev. J. Book, virar of Moreton. Oswestry, who was returning home. Wh'n it was known on Christuias-day that th. 1 ■>~v. ec;;t!emin was in the unfortunate train, quite II wlb cast over the pariah in which he resides, and ■r anv and anxious inquiries were made after the worth; vicar. When tidings reached Wrexham of the disaster the greatest excitement prevailed, and the station was besieged by persons anxious to know if their friends were sufferers. No authentic news was however received until a late hom, notwithstanding the exertions of the stationmaster (Mr Fryer). On Christmas Day the newspapers were quickly bought up. and many were compelled to wait until Saturday for particulars of the accident. The following were amor? the 35 killed:—Mrs White wife of Mr White, Little Knolton Hall, Mr J E. Richards, surgeon, The Fennant, Ruabon; Mr J. T. Hughes, barrister, The Fennant, Ruaoon Mr T. T. Pilkington, O E., Wrerharo Mr J. A. Pilkington. Wrexham; Miss Jane Pearson. Shrewsbury Miss Barker, of Brymbo; and Mr Humphrey Williams (who was on his way to Dolgelley). In the list of the injured are the following:—Miss Barker (sister of the above-named) .daughter of Mr Barker, of Brymbo. The two sisters were returning from London to spend the Christmas at home. The younger of the two lost her life, and the other is in a precarious condition in Oxford Infirmary. She is suffering from a fracture of the base of the skull and a broken arm. She occupied a respectable position as school- mistress at Plumstead, London. At midsummer last she came over for the holidays, and on return- ing she took with her a little sister, eleven years of age. The Rev. J. Hook was taken to the Radcliffe Hotel, suffering from dislocation of the collar bone and fracture of one rib. He is progressing favour- ably. Mr O. Perrott and Miss Perrort, son and daughter of Mr E. S. Perrott, Bronhyddon, Oswestry, escaped with a few cuts only. Mr Perrott was very active in assisting to rescue the passengers, and to carry away the dead bodies. A daughter of Mr Green, of Cockshutt, who was on her way home from London, was injured. She is a home and progressing favourably. A son of Mr Griffith Jones, lhh, was also injured. It is said that the youthful Lord Kenyon was a passenger in the train, but he escaped without hart. Several others from this district were injured by the accident.