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From the Sussex Express, 8th January 1887



On Tuesday evening, soon after nine, a goods train was being shunted at the station, when a truck, owing to the accumulation of snow, got off the road and on to the up-line metals. Before it could be removed the passenger train from Eastbourne, due at Lewes at 9.28, ran into the station at the usual rate of speed and struck the obstruction, but not with sufficient violence to knock it out of the way. The front buffer of the engine bent, and the brake van behind was badly damaged, while several of the carriages were scratched and the handles of the doors twisted. A guard (Stoner), who was sitting down at the time, was thrown against the side of the brake by the concussion, and had his ribs hurt and one hand injured. The projecting part of the van was torn off and the glass broken. There were but few passengers, and no injury seems to have been done to them. The train was only delayed a few minutes, and the guard went on to Brighton, and was attended by a medical man. A small 'break-down' gang was despatched from Brighton to the station, and the trucks were promptly replaced on the rails.

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