1907 01 18

1907 January 18th        Chippenham – Railway Collision

Drivers and Passengers Injured

A goods train from Swindon ran into the 6.40 passenger train from Trowbridge at Thingley Junction on Wednesday evening with such force as to smash both engines and cause considerable damage to rolling stock. Burt, the driver of the goods train, was found pinned between the engine and the tender. He had received severe internal injuries, necessitating his removal to the Cottage Hospital at Chippenham, to which institution the driver of the passenger train and the guards of both trains were also taken, suffering from more or less serious injuries. Burt was also badly scalded about the face and arms. There were few passengers in the train. They were thrown against each other and received severe bruises. Miss Taylor, of Chippenham, one of the passengers, rendered valuable service in attending to the injured before the arrival of doctors. The wrecked goods waggons were piled up to a height of 50ft. Part of the wreckage took fire, but no serious damage was done in this way.

 

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