PlaceSutton Tunnel, nr Frodsham, Lancashire
Date30 Apr, 1851
Railway CompanyBirkenhead, Lancashire & Cheshire Junction Railway
Cause of AccidentCollision
Brief description of eventsRace day at Chester. Trains were heavily loaded. Three trains were dispatched under the time interval system. The first came to a stand in the tunnel owing to slippery rails and/or overloading. The second train hit this train without damage, the third train then hit the second at some speed.
Source/Bibliography/Further ReadingDaily News, 2nd May 1851
London Illustrated News, 17th May 1851 (report on Inquiry)
London Illustrated News, 3rd May 1851
The Manchester Guardian, 7th May 1851 (British Library online)
The News of the World, 11th May 1851 (British Library online)
The News of the World, 4th May 1851 (British Library online)
Weekly Dispatch, 29th June 1851 (report on Inquest)
Weekly Dispatch, 4th May 1851 (British Library online)
ANDERSON, Henry, 28 or 32, Paperhanger, Hulme, Manchester
DAVIDSON, Job, 40, Salesman, Manchester, Employed at Banuerman and Sons warehouse
NEWELL, James, 14, Shoemaker, Over Whitley, Brother - Thomas Newell
VESTY, Thomas, 30, Dyer, Manchester, Left a wife and family
WETTENHALL (or Withnall), Agnes, 50, Ridgmont, nr Horwich, Widow of Major Joseph Ridgway and had one child. GRO ref 1851/Jun Runcorn XIX 188
WILSON, John, 60, Wine and spirit merchant, Newton le Willows, Died of injuries. Left no family