RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

Birmingham Daily Post


FRIDAY, 27th., AUGUST, 1858

THE RAILWAY CATASTROPHE NEAR DUDLEY

It affords us much satisfaction to be able to state that up to yesterday evening no further death had occurred in consequence of this sad casualty, but some of the sufferers are not yet out of danger. Charles Turner and Clark, respecting whom the most serious apprehensions were entertained, are progressing more favourably than was anticipated.

All the sufferers located in the vicinity of the accident continue to receive every possible attention from the medical men employed by the Company, and it is hoped that the whole may recover. Immediately after the adjournment of the inquest on Wednesday, the friends of the deceased took possession of the bodies, under the authority of the Coroner, who issued warrants for the interment of the dead, and in the course of the evening all were removed to the late homes. Immediately on occurrence of the accident, Mr. Hart, of Brettel Lane Station, who stated that twelve minutes elapsed between the departure of the first and second trains from that station, caused information to be communicated to Mr. Mills, the Superintendent of police at Brierley Hill, who instantly hastened to the spot, accompanied by Mr. Wall, assistant to Mr. Norris, surgeon to the police force, and rendered great service in superintending the removal of the dead and wounded, in which important duty he was ably assisted by Sergeant Gasson. We regret to add that the service of the police were also required in another capacity. A number of harpies speedily congregated, and instead of affording assistance to the wounded, attempted to make profit by plundering those who were insensible. The exertions of the police in repressing these attempts were most praiseworthy; and much property that would otherwise have been lost was preserved by their means. A valuable watch found on the line is still in the possession of the police unclaimed.