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Passenger Coach Burned

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Tho Detroit Punt of Monday had the f ollowing : A terrible accident occurred on Saturday evening on the Sarnia branch of the Great Western Railway, by which eight Uves were lost ; and 15 persons were injured more or less seriously. The train left London for Sarnia shortly after six o'olock, and proceeded but a short dia tanco on its way when a lamp in tho forward end of the rear coach took lire, either froru i'alling to the floor or exploding, and al most instan tly the whole car was filled with name. The passengers rushed to the rear platform, and many of them jumped off, though the train was running rapidly on a dowii grade. Tho train was stopped as soon as possible. Many of those who reinained in the car were fatally burned, and inauy of those who jumped off were badly iujured Further particulars of the sad affair are contained in the following telegram from M. D. Woodford, Assistant Superintendent of tho Great Western Railway to Frank E. Snow, passenger agont in this city, to whose oourtesy we are indebted for a copy : Londox, March 1,187-1. To Frank E. Snow: The Sarnia accommodation, leaving London at G..'iO P. M. Saturday, with empty tank cars, a baggage car, secondclass car, and coach, niet with an accident when about seven miles west of London. The coach caught fire in the forward end, as is supposed by the lamp falling to the floor and breaking. It was not discovered until the interior of the saloon was completely filled with name, which spread through the car almost instantly. The passengers were compelled to jump from the rear platform and through tho windows. Tho train was stopped as quickly as possible, but before they could be extricated eight persons were fatally suffocated and burned.


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