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Dreadful Accident on the Midland Railway
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A dreadful accident occurred on the Mid-
land Railway, between Nottingham and Derby,
at an early hour on Sunday morning.  Saturday
being the last day of the Goose Fair at Notting-
ham, the Midland Railway Company ran a
number of special trains to that town from Lei-
cester, Derby, Burton, Erewash Valley, and
other places, to return at a late hour in the
evening.  The last "special" to leave Notting-
ham, on the return journey, was one for Leices-
ter, and it started, heavily freighted -- 35 car-
riages -- about midnight.  The train had go a
little beyond Attenborough, and within a short
distance of Trent Junction, when the driver
found that the line was blocked by a luggage
train (which seems to have met with an acci-
dent), and at the rear of it was the Burton
special.  The Leicester train was brought to a
stand, and directly afterwards, and before the
guards had time to go down the line to stop ap-
proaching trains, the mail train from Notting-
ham to Trent came up at full speed and dashed
into the Leicester "special".  The collision was
of the most fearful character, seven persons
being killed on the spot, and several others
dreadfully injured, two or three beyond hope
of recovery.  
 
The night being dark and foggy, and the scene
away from a railway station, it was some time
before any assistance could be rendered.  Mr.
CARR, surgeon, Long Eaton, was the first to
arrive, and he was followed by Dr. ROBERTSON,
of Nottingham.  Mr. S. W. FEARN, the com-
pany's surgeon at Derby, was telegraphed
for, and he arrived about three o'clock,
accompanied by Mr. WRIGHT, surgeon, and Mr.
GENTLES, surgeon, of Derby; and Mr. PARKER,
assistant to Mr. FRANCIS, surgeon of Derby.  The
accident occurring in the county of Derby, the
seven dead persons were conveyed to Trent
Station for identification and to await the coro-
ner's inquiry.  Mr. FEARN and the other sur-
geons then turned their attention to the injured
passengers.  It was found that there were five
serious cases, and these passengers were con-
veyed, accompanied by the surgeons, to the
Derby Infirmary, where they now lie.  The
driver and stoker of the mail train were not in-
jured, nor were the passengers by that train.
Exertions were at once commenced to clear the
line; the work, however, was not completed
until about three o'clock.  Several of the car-
riages were smashed.  It is mentioned as an
extraordinary circumstance that the shock was
not felt in the fifth carriage from the carriage
run into by the mail train, and the people were
laughing and singing songs after the accident
had occurred, not knowing why the train had
stopped.
 
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