--An extra passenger train on the Virginia Control Railroad
, coming to this city, and a train of empty care, drawn by two engines, collided Sunday morning about 1 o'clock, three miles this side of Hanover Junction
The fireman on the down train a Mr. Miller
a soldier, whose name we did not bear, and a small child, were killed.
Some thirty persons were more or less injured, two or three of whom have since died.
The child was in the arms of its mother at the time of the collision, and strange to say, was thrown against the our with such violence as to cause its death, while the mother was entirely uninjured.
On the engine of the passenger train were the engineer, a pilot, and the fireman, the two first of whom jumped from the engine, and escaped unhurt.
It is proper to remark that every precaution was taken by the General Super
intendant of the Central Road
, and we are unable to say, with the statements as furnished us, where the fault lies.
Those in charge of the train were officers on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and were ignorant of the stations, grades, curves, &c., of the road on which they were running.
A pilot in the employment of the Central Road Mr. Chas Phillips
, who it was thougt had sufficient knowledge of the road to conduct the stain safely to its destination, was sent with it, and to him some blame must be attached.
On this road, where all extra trains are run by telegraph, there is a standing order for no such train to pass a telegraph station without reporting for instructions.
The Superintendent of the Central Railroad, Mr. H. D. Whitcomb
, was in the telegraph office with an operator from the time the train left Gordonsville
until the collision was reported, and, we understood, the conductor failing to report at any station after leaving Gordonsville
, it was thought best by the Superintendent
to send a man above the Junction
with a signal light to stop the train, which signal, it seems, those on the engine disregarded.
The engineer, however, states in extenuation, that both steam chests of his engine leaked very badly, and allowed the steam to escape so that the signals could not be seen.--We forbear giving an opinion, as we learn the matter will be fully investigated, when we may give some of the particulars, and place the blame on those to whom it belongs.
The wounded were brought to this city about 10 o'clock yesterday morning, on a special train sent up for that perpose, and are as comfortably cared for as the nature of the case will admit.
No one on the up train was injured.
The engines can be repaired at a very little expense, the principal damage being done to the tenders, one of which was considerably mashed up. The cars were not much injured.
The track will be cleared for trains to pass early this morning.
We regret to learn Capt. Thos. R. Sharp
, Assistant Quartermaster
, had his left leg broken Sunday morning, about 4 o'clock, by falling in a culvert on the Virginia Central Railroad, while assisting in forwarding the train for the relief of persons injured by the accident mentioned above.
's services have been very valuable in removing the Baltimore
engines to this city, and also in moving the army stores from Manassas
Just at this time his services are much needed by the Confederacy
, and it will be very hard to find a person equally well qualified to attend to his duties until his recovery.