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SHOCKING ACCIDENT ON THE SOUTH WALES RAILWAY. The South Wales Railway, near a station lmown as Bullo Pill, 14 miles south of Chepstow, and 11 miles north of Gloucester, has been the scene of a disaster, and the trains coming into collision were the ordinary up mail, leaving Miiford Haven at 5 p.m., and a special cattle train conveying stock from Carmarthen cattle fair to Glouces- ter. The cattle train was formed of 20 trucks, conveying 279 beasts. They were all Welsh cattle, coming south to the Gloucestershire pastures. The cattle train left Newport at 5 p.m. and was due at Gloucester at 10 p.m.-five hours being allowed to run a dis- tance of less than fifty miles. The train was prop' led by the Tantalus, bread gauge engine driven by Robert Syse, an old servant of the company. A guard named Probert, also an ex- perienced officer, was in charge of the train, and, as is the practice on the South Wales line, he rode with a number of farmers and drovers in a third-class carriage at the tail of the train, his carriage having a break in one of its compartments, and acting as a break-van to the train. The train being heavy, and the rails getting wet and slippery from a fog which came on as the evening advanced, Syse had considerable difficulty in keeping up his speed, and when he started from Lydney, he is stated to have told the policemen on duty at that station that he should shunt for the mail to pass him at Bullo Pill, which is about eight miles nearer Gloucester. This was no doubt his intention, but it seems after leaving Lydney his difficulties from slippery rails and heavy load increased, but, as he unfortunately seems to have thought, not to such an extent as to render it necessary to send back his guard, Probert, with fog signals in accordance with the fixed rules of the company in cases of this kind, and he was toiling at a moderate speed up a slightly adverse gradient, having just rounded a sharp curve on the line, when at a distance of only one and a quarter mile from Bullo Pill station and sidings, the mail, travelling at a speed of between thirty and forty miles an hsur, rushed upon the tail of his train, and created a terrible wreck, in which human beings, cattle, and broken trucks were crushed together in one indiscriminate mass. Betty, the guard, with the passengers' assistance, and a few country people who were attracted by the noise of the collision to the spot, immediately set about en- deavouring to rescue the sufferers, whose agonising cries were heard even above the lowing of the wounded and dying cattle. All the sufferers were Welshmen. The guard, Probert, was found dead, and David Thomas, owner of a large number of the cattle, died almost directly after he was got out. Evan Morgan, a drover, was found huddled up among the 4kattle in one of the trucks, with a portion of the wooden framework resting upon his head. This man lived only a few minutes after his removal into a car- riage. The bodies of the deceased men were taken in charge by the local constabulary, and conveyed to an adjacent farm-house. The injured drovers were placed in the first-class carriage of the mail train under medical charge, and conveyed to Gloucester. The passengers in the mail train came on at the same time, arriving at Gloucester shortly after 2 a.m., instead of at 10 '47 p.m. None of the carriages of the mail train were thrown off the rails by the force of the collision, and only the lead- ing carriage was at all injured. Eight of the cattle trucks suffered much from the collision. The inquest on the bodies of David Thomas and .Evan Morgan was held on Monday. The jury found that the deaths were due to accident, and recommended that a communication should in future be made between the driver and the guards of goods trains.

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