An alarming accident happened on the Hayling railway on Monday morning. The engine generally employed on that line had been in Portsmouth for repairs and was returning to Hayling in charge of a Portsmouth driver and fireman, when, on arrival at Havant, four ‘waggons’ loaded with oysters from Whitstable and a brake van in which rode a porter, were attached to it.
It is the usual custom to leave the carriages forming the Hayling train, standing against the platform of the Island station and they were so situate when the brakes of the incoming train refused to act, presumably because of the slippery state of the metals. The driver was unable to avert a collision with the empty carriages, which were badly damaged. The brake van also had its buffers broken and was generally knocked out of shape and the engine was also slightly damaged.
The carriages were removed to a siding and the service was commenced with a third class coach and a guard’s van, in which passengers proceeded to Havant. Mr Charles, the South Hayling station-master, did everything in his power to make them comfortable. Had the accident occurred twenty minutes later the result must have been very serious for passengers generally take their seats before the engine is attached for the eight o’clock train.