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RAILWAY COLLISION NEAR I PENISTONE. r I An Excursion Train Wrecked. 3 Persons Killed and 30 Injured. A dreadful railway accident occurred abont half-past eight on Thursday morning, about a mile on theSheffield sideof Penistone on the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway to an excur- sion train 011 its way from Sheffield to Southport. The breakdown of a coal truck caused the excur- sion train to come into collision with it, and to wreck the last portion of the train. Four persons were killed and thirty injured. ANOTHER ACCOUNT. Our special correspondent, telegraphing from Manchester, says1The scene of the alarming accident which occurred on Thursday morning on the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway is again near Pemstone, wnere a terrib.e cata, trophe took place a few months since. The causes which have led to the present accident have not yet been discovered, and up to noon com- paratively few particulars were known in this city. It appears, however, from what can be, gleaned that this morning a coal train was being driven in the direction of Sheffield from Manchester, and shortly after eight o'clock it reached the Barnsley Junction, which is about a mile on the Sheffield side of Penistone Sta- tion. From some reason at present unexplained, several of the waggons left the metals at this point, and touled the down line. It is be- lieved something must have given way, and allowed the waggons to fall over on the down line, for if the facing points at the junction, which runs off in a northerly direction, had' caused the waggons to leave the line, they would have gone in the other direction, and fallen upon some siding lines. Thus further damage would have been avoided. But, un- happily, the waggons fell upon the down line, and fouled it just at the moment an excursion train from Sheffield to Liverpool approached the junction, and before it could be stopped it dashed into the wreckage of the coal train. The result was a serious collision, and as far as could bti ascertained up to noon two men were killed and several persons injured. News of the accident was telegraphed almost immediately to Manches- ter, and the engineer and the superintendent of the line went to the spot at once by a special train from Sheffield and from Gorton, and whilst they were using all efforts to clear the line, the doctors and officials were doing their best for the injured, the more serious cases of whom were removed to the infirmary at Sheffield, most of them residing in that town. It appears that an empty coal train was pro- ceeding from Ardwick to Kniveton Park down an incline past the junction at the rate of 15 miles an hour, whilst an excursion train from Shsffield to Liverpool and Southport was travelling at the rate of 25 miles an hour in another direction. Just as the coal train reachedthe junction, one of the wagons belonging to a private owner broke loose, owing to an axle giving way, and struck the engine of the passenger train, from which it rebounded, and then, missing the three first car- riages, it came in contact with the fourth and smashed it and the two next carriages to atoms, and three others were partially destroyed, and a shocking scene presented itself in the mass of broken carriages and wagons, and dead and in- jured passengers. Assistance was speedily obtained from Sheffield and Gorton for clearing j'he line, and the manager, Mr Underdown, the engineer, Mr Sacre, and other officials of the company proceeded immediately to the scene. THE NAMES OF THE KILLED. Fortunately the accident occurred near several farmhouses, from which help was obtained, when it was found that two passengers had been killed on the spot, namely :— Tom Wood, 69, Summer-street, Sheffield, and Albert Holieby, butcher, Bernard-lane, Sheffield. Another passenger named Joe Arthur Walker, of Sheffield, was so seriously injured that he died shortly before one o'clock. Fatal results are feared in the case of two others of the injured passengers. The injured were quickly extricated and forwarded without delay to Sheffield Infirmary. NAMES OF THE INJURED. Their names are as follow :— George Holleby, father of Albert Holleby, cuts on the head. Thomas Elliott, leg broken and head cut. Albert Oates, furnaceman, head cut and ankle injured. Sarah Allen, leg broken. Mary Hill, fracture of both legs. Win. Harrison, manufacturing wood turner, compound fracture of both legs. EnJch Knapton, fractured shoulder. Lucy Ann Bradley, leg broken. Bertha Holleby, wife of Albert Holleby, severely shaken. Fanny Flemings, shock. Allen S. Wood, butcher, slight injury to head. George Wild, dislocated shoulder. Samuel Turton, leg injured. Mrs Warren, injury to mouth. C. S. Abrahams, leg injured. All the injured belonged to Sheffield. Both lines were cleared at one o'clock. LATEST PARTICULARS. Being a general holiday, the accident cast quite a gloom over Sheffield and its festivities. Amongst the incidents may be mentioned that a man named Templeton, who is badly hurt, said, as the train was approaching Penistone' I to his son, "We are nearing Penistone; when we get to the other side of the station I will show you where the disaster occurred last summer." Hardly had he finished speaking than the accident happened, and Templeton was almost immediately after rendered un- conscious. Some of the uninjured passengers proceeded on their journey, but a considerable 1 ortion of them returned to Sheffield, where they demanded the repayment of their fares and clamoured loudly for their money at the booking- office. Up to late on Thursday night all the injured were progressing favourably, with the exception of two men who are still lying at Penis- stone. Information of the accident has been com- municated to the Board of Trade, and it is expected that an official inquiry will be made into the breaking of the axle. Singular to say, another axle broke upon the Manchester, Shef- held, and Lincolnshire Railway, not far from Penistone, only a few days before. In the pre- sent instance it is said the axle broke off like a carrot. ANOTHER DEATH A later telegram mentions that another death has occurred, viz., that of Thomas Elliot, of Lowe-street, Sheffield, who succumbed after one of his legs had been amputated by three surgeons. Another man, Mr William Harrison, had a leg amputated, and the other is badly hurt. His recovery is doubtful. Mr W. E. Bennett, manager for Messrs Wheatley Bros., table knife manufacturers, gava a vivid description of the accident. He wa going to Liverpool to see a friend recently returned from America, and says when nearinsr Penistone the train began to oscillate as though the brake was being applied. The whole of the occupants of his compartment jumped up in alarm, then he heard a loud shriek in the compartment behind, and the train having now slackened! speed lie leapt out, and found that the front of the carriage from which the screams proceeded had been forced into the back of another carriage, holding several ladies as in a vice against the side of the compartment. A young man in the same com- partment was terribly crushed, and -bad his leg broken. For a long time it was impossible to liberate them and many other passengers were jammed amongst the wrecked carriages, and their screams and moans were pitiful. Albert Oates, a furnaceman, of Sheffield, was brought down by the two o'clock train with his face and head fear- fully cut, and Job Williams, steel warehouseman, was assisted out of the same train, having his shoulder dislocated and being seriously bruised. There were several very narrow escapes. One party going from Sheffield to Liverpool got into the latter part of the train, and were told at Sheffield that they had got into the wrong por- tion. They then entered a carriage in the middle of the tiain, and had hardly got seated when they were removed again, and told to go nearer the engine. The carriage they quitted was one of the wort crushedintheaccident. MrsBroomhead,tiie wife of the sub-librarian at the Sheffield Central Library, was in the train with her brother-in-law, who had a miraculous escape. Hearing the crash he involuntarily bent down his head, and just at that moment a great piece of timber smashed through the compartment at the exact spot where his head had been. In the compartment in front of him a man was killed. One of the passengers, a young man, was found wih "«ic !e~ brokens his nose crushed, and one arm bl'dly tJun., and when the volunteer, went to assist hi:n he said, I shall b3 al) right in a minute Th-; ii,i,"Sengers killed Trii Vv\;od, a grinr T, <of Sheffield, and Albert, Holliley, sor* uf a cattle ^ro > s" SheSv.ld—avo at the Wentworth Arms, Penistone, and Thos. Elliott, another passenger, was also sent there in a critical condition. Mrs Hill, a lady living at Hillsborough, sustained a compound fracture of both legs, but she insisted on being taken home, though the medical staff at the infirmary tried to induce her to remain at the institution. During the whole of the afternoon people crowded the Victoria Station on the look out for their friends, and the last of the injured were not brought in till about four o'clock. Long before this time, however, the lines had been cleared at Barnsley Junction, and the traffic so thoroughly resumed that large numbers of people went down from Sheffield to the scene of the accident. It was then seen that the fifth, sixth, and seventh carriages of the excursion train had borne the brunt of the collision. These carriages were removed to Penistone Station, and covered with tarpaulin, to await inspection. The axle of the coal-wagon, the breakage of which caused the accident, is 4bout four inches in diameter, and in the opinion of an expert present is made of iron, and "perfectly crystallised with age." The inquest on those killed in the railway acci- dent near Barnsley Junction yesterday will be opened to-day by Mr Taylor, coroner for the district, at Penistone, where the bodies of the de- ceased are lying. The evidence taken will prin- cipally be formal, to allow of the removal of the bodies after identification. An adjournment for scientific evidence is expected. Mary Walker, the most seriously injured passenger, now lying at the Wentworth Arms, Penistone, is still alive, but her condition is most precarious. On euquiry this morning at the Sheffield In- firmary and at the homes of the worst injured in the Penistone railway accident, we learn that they are progressing as favourably as can be expected, considering the serious nature, of their injuries. Mrs Hill, who has a compound fracture of both legs, passed a feverish night, and George Templeton, Sarah Allen, and Wm. Harrison are not yet out of danger. The accident caused quite a sensation in Sheffield.

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