HC Deb 30 July 1897 vol 51 c1602

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that on the I9th instant an accident occurred at Govagh Wood, on the Great Northern Railway, Ireland, by which several persons were injured; whether he can say if it was the fault of an imperfect engine brake that caused this accident: and, what steps will he take to prevent such occurrences in the future?


I have communicated with the Company with reference to this matter, and the General Manager informs me that "the engine driver in backing his engine to his train at Govagh Wood Junction, after shunting off a carriage, did not keep a proper look out and brought the engine against the train more sharply than he should have done, causing a few passengers who were standing up to receive some slight bruises and cuts. No injury was done to rolling stock, and the brakes were all in perfect order." Engine drivers, as a rule, do their duty admirably and cases of carelessness are rare. I am afraid no steps can be taken to prevent them altogether.


asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that some of the passengers were thrown oft their seats on to the floor of the carriages?


Order, order! The Question of the hon. Member has been answered.