COLLISION NEAR LITTLE
Information reached Spencer street station about 10 o clock last evening that a shocking accident had happened on the Geelong line, by which a number of passengers had been injured, and great damage done to rolling stock
through a collision between the down goods train with the up passenger train due in Melbourne at 10 45. The passenger train in question leaves Ballarat at 7 10, Geelong at 9 5, and Little River at 9 45. It was between Little River station and Werribee station that the accident happened. This part of the line is worked on the staff system, and it is a mystery therefore how it should come to pass that two trains should meet between Little River and Werribee. They did so come together, however, and a terrible crash ensued. A telegram received from Little River at midnight stated that the engines, tenders. and second class passenger carriages were wrecked, and the engine drivers, guard, and second class passengers badly hurt, but it was believed none were killed The line was blocked with the debris.
On receipt of this intelligence the officials at Spencer street hastily made a relief train, got together a numerous body of labourers, &c., and before midnight the train, drawn by two engines, steamed out of the station for the scene of the collision Mr Barter, the acting traffic manager, Mr Jacks, and other officials were among those on the train, also some medical men, including Dr Chas Ryan
At the time of our going to press with this edition a large crowd had assembled at the station waiting for tidings and Mr Speight, the chairman of the commissioners, who had been sent for, had arrived
From information received at the station after the despatch of the relief train it is announced that the goods engine and train were the least injured, and that there are not many passengers hurt, those injured are stated to include several women The collision took place about half a mile on the Melbourne side of Little River