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Wyche, Samuel Peter (1872–1924)

A serious accident occurred between Cronulla and Sutherland this morning, when a steam tram, with two cars attached, fairly well filled with city-bound passengers, gathered speed as it was descending a hill known as the King's Way. The driver, Samuel Peter Wyche, pulled the brake across suddenly and the engine swayed, leaped the rails, swung round, and plunged over an embankment, crashing into a post and rail fence. The passengers were hurled from their seats and men and women were scattered in all directions. Some were cut about by broken glass and some lay prostrate on the floor. Wyche had his head and body dreadfully crushed. Death must have been instantaneous. Fourteen passengers received slight injuries. A well-known resident of Cronulla said he had anticipated such a mishap for some time past. Some time elapsed before the mutilated body of the driver was taken out. His head was practically severed. The injured were hurried to their respective homes and the worst taken to the hospital.

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'Wyche, Samuel Peter (1872–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/wyche-samuel-peter-14596/text25723, accessed 21 September 2017.

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