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A railway smash near Murphy's Creek occurred on January 30, 1913.
There were six deaths and a number of casualties and it was considered "the most serious accident that had happened in Queensland".
The accident happened when the 7.20am passenger train from Toowoomba crashed into the van of another, forcing it to fall on several men working to clear the line after a goods train accident had happened the previous night.
James Little of Laidley, Patrick McCarthy and John Freeze of Rosewood, Charles Macgregor of Toowoomba, and William Clayton of Toowoomba died. Then another report stated that Alexander Matthews of Crow's Nest had also died.
The accident was surrounded by some strange circumstances as several trucks were smashed to pieces and six wagons and their contents were piled in a heap.
The force of the impact caused the tender to take a sudden lift upwards and the driver Moss and fireman White had narrow escapes from being jammed between the firebox and the tender.
Others seriously injured were Frank Carpenter, A.H. Stanton, G. King, all of Toowoomba, and S. Smyth, of Ballard's Camp, Spring Bluff.
This article first appeared on www.qt.com.au
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