On 23 October 1997 Beresfield was the site of a major rail accident, when a FreightCorp coal train passed a red signal and collided into the rear of another coal train standing on the same track. Six people were injured including the station master and a commuter who jumped from the platform moments before the collision. The crash resulted in dozens of coal-wagons tumbling over the platform and across the tracks, closing all four tracks and a virtual demolition of Beresfield station. Three 82 class locomotives were destroyed.
In 2002 Beresfield was fully redeveloped receiving new easy access facilities, station signage and booking office.