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Aftermath of 1922 Rail Crash

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A quiet morning on Tuesday 15th August 1922, just 24 hours after a rail crash had part demolished this house.

At 9:45am on the Monday, a runaway Midland and Great Northern Railway locomotive smashed into a brake van standing at the buffers and powered it and its own tender through the lineside house of railway controller Ernest Cole and family, coming to rest in the kitchen.

Ernest’s invalid wife was asleep in an upstairs room. She crashed through the floor and landed in the debris below but escaped with cuts and bruises and, not surprisingly, suffered from shock.

Ernest’s ten year old daughter escaped unhurt, as did his 75 year old mother in law who was found pinned in the pantry and in severe shock. Cole himself had just left the bedroom when the crash occurred.

The engine driver and fireman had jumped from the engine just before impact and escaped unhurt.