Six hunt dogs killed after being hit in train accident


Six fox hounds from the Duke of Beaufort Hunt were killed after being hit by a train in a freak accident yesterday. The hunt was enjoying a New Year’s Eve trail hunting event near Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire,when the accident happened at about 3.15pm.

Captain Ian Farquhar, joint master of the hunt, said everyone involved with the hunt was devastated at what had happened.

He said: “It was a good scent day and we presume, because we don’t know exactly what happened, that the hounds got a scent of a fox when they were running the trail and ran off towards the unfenced rail line where they were hit by a train. I have been doing this for 37 years and it is the first time I have seen an accident like this. – “Our hounds are like our family and we are very distraught.”

He said a total of 33 hounds were running yesterday along a trail at Dauntsey. He said the hunt would investigate what had happened and wanted to contact the train driver, as he understood it must have been distressing for them.

The train was the 3.02pm First Great Western service from Bristol Parkway to London Paddington. Passenger Josh Farrington, 22, from Cowbridge, near Cardiff, said he heard a grinding sound coming from beneath the train about 15minutes after leaving Bristol. – He said: “The train slowed down very quickly. We were in the middle of nowhere. A call came over the tannoy for the train manager and then there was an announcement that the train had been involved in an incident involving about 20 dogs. “They checked that the driver was OK to carry on and then the train moved off again after about 20 minutes.” A spokeswoman for Network Rail said the line had been closed for about 30 minutes.

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Dec 31 2009 Nick Machin

A TRAIN carrying passengers from South Wales has hit a pack of dogs, reportedly killing at least six.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said the driver had reported the animals were possibly hunting dogs and that he thought six may have been killed when they ran onto the line.

The train was the 3.02pm from Bristol Parkway to London Paddington and was carrying passengers who had boarded in South Wales and then, because of engineering works, had taken a bus from Newport to Bristol.

The incident happened near to Wootton Bassett at 3.15pm this afternoon.

Passenger Josh Farrington, 22, from Cowbridge, said he heard a grinding sound coming from beneath the train around 15 minutes after leaving Bristol.

“The train slowed down very quickly. We were in the middle of nowhere.

“A call came over the tannoy for the train manager and then there was an announcement that the train had been involved in an incident involving around 20 dogs.”

He added: “They checked that the driver was OK to carry on and then the train moved off again after about 20 minutes.”

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said the line had been closed for around 30 minutes.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/12/31/dogs-killed-in-train-accident-91466-25503211/

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One Reply to “Six hunt dogs killed after being hit in train accident”

  1. I expect they blame the train. The Beaufort Hunt is one of the nastiest hunts with the nastiest people involved in it including Ian Farquhar. This is very sad for these poor dogs and also shows these hunt people cannot keep control of the dogs. Probably they were hoping a fox would appear but if it did and they chased it they were breaking the law having a pack of dogs with them. Were they really drag hunting I wonder??? The murderers in the Beaufort Hunt were pretty nasty after the ban on fox hunting with dogs came into forse so nothing they did would surprise me they are pure evil.

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