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William Shenton 1855-1913 Huddersfield Chronicle Monday 30th November 1891

William Shenton

William was the engine driver of a Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR) goods train involved in a serious railway accident at Sandal, just south of Wakefield.

Huddersfield Chronicle Monday 30th November 1891

An accident of a serious character occurred late on Friday night on the Great Northern railway at Sandal, near Wakefield. Owing to the prevalence of a dense fog, two goods trains came into collision, and the result was that both lines were blocked. From the particulars which transpired on Saturday, it appears that the express came up at full speed, and dashed into the debris. Fortunately it kept the line and was pulled up a few hundred yards nearer Wakefield, when it was found no one was seriously injured. The escape from injury and death was marvellous, as the engine and coaches, after colliding with the truck of the goods train, passed over various kinds of iron works, and became entangled in the gearing. A wheel of one waggon stuck fast in the bogie of a Pullman car in the express, and it is astonishing that this did not throw the train down the embankment, close to which the mishap occurred.
Huddersfield Chronicle Monday 30th November 1891

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