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I CHARASANG DISASTER. I Brynmawr Victims. i | rJienty-Seven People Injured. 0fA serious motor-charabanc accident j furred near Tintern on Wednesday in last of vic^ms being a party of members j -i Christian Endeavour Society of ^*us Chapel, Brynmawr. W Party> which numbered tweDty-seven, home early in the day in a charabanc "ned by Messrs George and Co., Tredegar, for pleasure tour in the country, including c, tr*p through the Wye Valley. As the *rabanc was nearing Chepstow, where the II ea.Sure seekers were to have tea, the 4eident happened. Apparently the scene was on or near the which has the Wyndcliff for its chief 7*^ mark. One of the occupants of the prabanc says that a motor-car struck one ^e rear wheels of the big car, and caused swerve towards the side of the road so ^kwardly that it toppled over the wall, and rolled with its passengers down a steep feline. The occupants were thrown in all Sections. The n ws of the accident spread throughout district with great rapidity, and in a very 0rt time several doctors and two nurses *ere on the spot attending to the injured. j°*oe of the injured were taken to Chepstow treatment, and one of the worst cases, of Thomas Williams, a collier, of 24, ^°undary-street, Brynmawr, was taken by a tnotor-car to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. He arrived there with his wife d four-year-old child shortly before eight ° clock in the night. It was found that he sustained severe internal injuries, and 1 *as also feared that there was considerable 'Pi&al trouble. The injured man was too ill to tell how accident happened. Hie wife, however, aB able to relate something of her experi- ences, though she had no very clear recol- ction of what had taken place, because she H ad also been somewhat injured, and was in 1 dazed and fainting condition for some Considerable time after the mishap. ( Mrs Williams's story was as follows :— "We left Brynmawr about 9-30 a.m. in a JjW-a-banc, which I believe came from "redegar. The tour was through Aber- jfrvenny, and then to the Wye Valley, and 1} Gome through Newport. We had had lunch, were going towards Chepstow (I sup- pose between 4-30 and 5 p.m.), when the d were going towards Chepstow (I sup- pose between 4-30 and 5 p.m.), when the Occident happened. I am a stranger to those parts, and I cannot tell clearly where it took Place. I was sitting with my husband and ? Iny little child, four years old, on the second Beat from the front. There were five others the same seat with us. The party ^together numbered twenty-seven. "How the accident happened I don't J**actly know, but I heard that another car £ «ck one of the back wheels of our car, *hich then ran against the wall of the | wrrow road, and fell right over the bank, i were all thrown out, and the car came PPling over and over us as we lay there on e bank. I don't know the. name of the but I recollect that there was a river in the valley. Perhaps it was the r. i/je. My neck and one of my arms were I and I had a blow on the head, from [ ?Jch I suppose I fainted. I was uncon- for gome time after I heard the first ^^ming and crying. It was a fearful *Perience. I picked my little child from \1nder a man who had fallen on him. There several people badly hurt, and I believe were taken to Chepstow. My husband, ho was one of the worst, was brought in a to Newport, but I do not know **°se car it was brought us here, i "I believe the minister has been badly J^t. His arm or his shoulder, I heard, was ^°ken. He was a new minister, and had °t been with us long. I don't recollect his but I believe it is Jones. I think took him to Chepstow." THE INJURED. The following is a list of the injured passen- ge, all of whom are Brynmawr residents:— Mr and Mrs Frank Williams and son. b The Rev. David James Jones, M.A., jr^ynmawr, pastor of Libanus Calvinistic "ethodist Chapel. Mr D. T. Jones. Mrs A. Pritchard. Mrs Rees Jones. 1Ir and Mrs T. Williams, Foundry-street. ^rs J. Jones. Mrs E. J. Lewis. Mr Ebenezer Jones. Miss Blodwen Williams. 1(iss E. Williams. Mr and Mrs Tom Williams. Ifiss Gwen Jones. I&iss M. Jones. Miss Nellie Alms. Miss Hilda Davies. Air and Mrs Tom Withers. Mrs Tom James. Itiss M. J. Furblow. Mr Charles Barnett. Mr Emlyn Jones. Mr D. Burrows. Mr James Jones. Ahe majority of the passengers are sutter- **§ from minor injuries and shock. The driver of the charabanc, Walter ^ilip Jones, of 3, Church street, Tredegar, Was uninjured, had a remarkable escape, remained at his seat throughout the Perience. It appears that a motor-car from the same (Y^ge, driven by a Belgian, named Louis de was about to pass the charabanc when of the hind wheels of the former vehicle fj^Uck the right front wheel of the charabanc. ♦ driver of the latter apparently lost con- of the steering wheel, with the result the charabanc pitched over the embank- An employee at the Abbey Farm, Martin, arrived on the scene shortly the accident occurred, and was quickly t0iWed by Dr. Drapes, of Chepstow, whom Ste assisted and went to Tintern for Police-sergeant Shott also ght stretchers from Chepstow. Mr E. Matthews, a butcher, of Ruarden, c,bo had drove a party to Tintern, said the a^tabaTic passed through the village, and in ^.interview stated that judging from the ration in whieh the vehicle was found, it faS* have turned turtle several times after j. over the embankment. Dr. Bartlett w^ered medical aid to the injured, and Mr of^hews assisted him to convey a number Jjem to Tintern. version of the accident given by hhe VV-er.of the charabanc, said Mr Ben George, « Joint proprietor of the garage from which W c*rs was that as the smaller car ^Passing him he felt a slight touch on the wheel, and this caused the charabanc L to waver and run on the grass. As the vehicle was partly on the grass he could not turn it back without stopping it. He brought the charabanc to a standstill and it remained stationary for a couple of seconds. All of a sudden, the driver said, he felt the charabanc going from under him. The ground to the left was not firm enough to hold the weight and collapsed. Gradually the vehicle lifted and went over. The driver of the other car heard nothing and did not know anything had happened until a remark from the passengers in his vehicle caused him to turn the car round, and he then saw the charabanc turn over. Mr George's opinion is that the charabanc turned a somersault and a half and then righted itself. "It is a miraculous thing," Mr George observed, that the charabanc should turn over in such a terrible place without killing practically every occupant. "The driver," Mr George added, "in an experi- enced chauffeur. He has driven several cars for several big firms in Wales, and has also had London experience."

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