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ONE DEAD, MANY
VIC. RAIL CRASH
MELBOURNE, Saturday. - A woman was killed and seven persons were seriously injured when two passenger trains collided head-on at Moriac (59 miles south of Melbourne), near Geelong, at 8.15 to-night.
Both engines were derailed, and the first carriage of the Gee long-bound train was telescoped by the coal
The dead woman was in this carriage.
The trains involved were the 3.25 p.m. passenger train from Port Fairy to Geelong, and the 5.50 p.m. train from Melbourne to Warrnambool, which passed through Geelong at 7.5 p.m.
The Warrnambool-bound train had stopped at Moriac and was shunting into a siding to allow the othei train to pass along the single track when the crash occurred.
The impact hurled the Warrnambool-bound train backwards and the two engines, badly wrecked, came to rest 30ft apart.
One engine hung at an acute angle on its side and the crew« were badly scalded by escaping steam.
The crash was heard several miles away and hun- dreds of people rushed to
Two ambulances were
called from Geelong, and ambulancemen joined rail waymen and volunteers in freeing the injured from badly damaged carriages.
Many other passengers were slightly hurt or badly affected by shock.
They were treated on the spot.
Mr. T. Mather, newsagent and postmaster at Moriac, said the noise of the crash startled him and he was on the scene in a matter of minutes.
"There was great confu- sion," he said. "People on the trains were calling out for help. Many feared a fire would break out.
"However, we soon got relief gangs together and set to work to free those trapped in the wrecked car- riage. One woman was dead, and a man seemed to be dead or dying."
Special buses were chart- ered by the Railway Depart- ment to convey the passeng- ers to their destinations.
The line was blocked, but repair gangs were soon at work clearing the debris.