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THE FATAL RAILWAY COL- LISION NEAR LONDON. Inquest and Verdict. An inquest was held on Saturday by Dr. Darnford Thomas, at the Royal Free Hospital, on the body of Robert Benjamin Davis, the fireman who died from injuries sustained in the collision on the Midland Railway at St. Paul's Junction on Mon- day last. Mr Beale appeared for the Midland Railway, and Mr Nettleship for the Great Eastern Railway. Walter Hodges, driver of the Midland train, desposed to having started his train from Moorgate-street to South Tottenham about six o'clock on Monday night. On leaving King's Cross he saw a red light in the tunnel, and slackened speed. Leaving the tunnel he saw a white light on the signal, and another below, from which he concluded that he was to proceed. If he had seen another red light he would have stopped. On reaching the junction the train came into collision with a Great Eastern train. So far as he knew the signal was in proper working order. Wm. Ray, signalman, St. Paul's Junction, said he signalled Danger to the Midland train in order that the Great, Eastern train might pass. The first red lights should have been shown in the tunnel, and outside about six o'clock. The gas- fitters informed him that the gas in the signals was jumping, and lie gave them lamps to put in. John Nicholson, gas-fitter, said he and another gasfitter went to the signal to place the lamps. As he ascended the ladder the gas went out. He at once endeavoured to put in the lamp, and found it too large, the signalmen having given him the wrong lamp. The result was that at the moment when the Midland train appeared, he was holding the white light outside the signal, and his col- league held another below. The jury were of opinion death resulted from injuries received in the collision at the time when the signals were defective, and returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

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