List of level crossing accidents

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The following is an incomplete list of accidents that occur at a level crossing; in other words, this list only includes railway accidents that occur at-grade and not separated from other traffic by bridges and overpasses. Note that this list is incomplete with many countries not reporting accidents, or only listing accidents of a certain level of severity and loss of life.

Argentina[edit]

  • Argentina 11 June 1962, Villa Soldati, Buenos Aires: 42 people were killed and 88 injured, when a bus was hit by an express train.
  • Argentina 31 October 1984, San Justo level crossing disaster: at least 48 people died and 16 were injured, when a local bus was hit by a commuter train.[citation needed]
  • Argentina 12 May 1992, a minibus is hit by a freight train in the village of the Andino, province of Santa Fe. 11 children die
  • Argentina 9 March 2008, Dolores, Buenos Aires: a bus collided with a passenger train, killing 18 and injuring at least 65, when the bus driver ignored the crossing warning devices.
  • Argentina 13 September 2011, Flores, Buenos Aires: a bus collided with a passenger train on a level crossing, derailing the train, which crashed into another train standing in Flores Station. 11 people were killed and 228 injured. The bus driver had ignored the crossing warning lights and partly lowered barrier.[1][2][3]
  • Argentina 2 November 2011, A freight train collides with a school bus in a rural area of San Luis Province, 8 girls are killed and 41 are injured.

Australia[edit]

  • Victoria (Australia) 8 May 1943 - Australia's worst road-rail crash. Steam loco A2 863 hit a bus carrying soldiers at Tallangatta Road, Wodonga resulting in the death of twenty five people.[4]
  • Victoria (Australia) 24 February 1951 - 11 people killed in a collision between a bus and a train at a level crossing near Horsham, Victoria.[5]
  • South Australia 24 October 2002 - an interstate passenger train strikes a bus and car stopped on a level crossing at Salisbury - four killed, 26 injured.[6]
  • Victoria (Australia) 11 August 2005 - motorist ignored flashing lights at Horsham.[8]
  • Victoria (Australia) 28 April 2006 - Two killed, 41 injured when truck and train collide near Beaufort, Victoria in western Victoria.[5]
  • Victoria (Australia) 5 June 2007 - Kerang train crash - 11 train passengers killed when carriages sliced open by truck. Warning lights working.
  • Queensland 1 January 2009 – One person is killed and six others injured after a QR Sunlander train collided with a garbage truck at a level crossing with no boom gates or warning lights, near Innisfail, Queensland.[13]
  • Victoria (Australia) 14 November 2011 - One killed after train collides with car at Toorak Road level crossing in Kooyong, Victoria.[14]
  • Victoria (Australia) 28 November 2011 - Train collides with a tip truck stopped on the Springvale Road level crossing in Springvale, Victoria.[15]
  • Victoria (Australia) 25 May 2012 - One person killed after a freight train collides with a car stopped on Cherry road level crossing near Werribee, Victoria.[17]
  • Victoria (Australia) 27 Oct 2012 - Reservoir, Victoria - Train collides with Truck at High Road level crossing with operational boom gates, bells and lights.[18]
  • Victoria (Australia) 3 Nov 2012 - Dandenong South, Victoria - Truck runs through Abbotts Road level crossing with operational boom gates, bells and lights, and is hit by an outbound Cranbourne suburban train travelling at 115 km/h (71 mph). 1 killed, 13 injured including train driver.[19]

Bangladesh[edit]

  • Bangladesh July 12, 2006 - Akkelpur level crossing disaster - A Sayedpur-Khudna passenger train smash into a passenger bus in Jaipurhat, which killed 32 with injured 30 people.[citation needed]
  • Bangladesh 16 April 2008 – According to ATN Bangla television, a DinajpurDhaka Ekoto Express train hit a local bus on a level crossing outside of Kalihati, Tangail, Bangladesh, killing 18 and injuring 30.[20]

Brazil[edit]

Canada[edit]

China[edit]

  • China December 23, 1988 - Qinghemen level crossing disaster - A local bus hit by passenger train in Shenyang, at least 46 are killed and 63 are injured.[citation needed]
  • China January 17, 1989 - Huinan level crossing disaster - A local bus hit by passenger train, at least 32 are killed.[citation needed]
  • China January 31, 1993 - Gaotaishan level crossing disaster - A Chifeng-Dalian passenger train smash into an overcrowded bus, which killed 66 people with injured 29 in Liaoning.[citation needed]
  • China April 30, 1993 - Yingkou level crossing disaster - A passenger train smash into a bus, which killed 36 people with injured 38 in Liaoning.[citation needed]
  • China September 16, 1999 - Yibin level crossing disaster - At least 25 people are killed and 24 people are injured, when a passenger train smashed into school bus.[citation needed]

Cuba[edit]

  • Cuba October 6, 2007 - Yara level crossing disaster - A local bus hit by Santiago de Cuba-Manzanillo passenger train, at least twenty-eight people died and seventy-three are injured.[citation needed]

Czechoslovakia[edit]

Egypt[edit]

  • Egypt 20 October 1979 – Imbaba level crossing disaster - A suburban passenger train smash into a public bus in Giza Governorate, which killed 28 and injured 30 people.[citation needed]
  • Egypt 11 December 1987 – According to the Egyptian government, a bus carrying local primary school children returning from the Guiza zoo was smashed by high-speed train at an unmarked railroad level crossing at Ein Sham, on the outskirts Cairo, Egypt, killing 62 children and injuring 67.[28]
  • Egypt 16 April 1995 – Al Minufiyah level crossing disaster; At least forty-nine textile workers are killed, when a bus hit by an express train.[citation needed]
  • Egypt 16 July 2008 – Marsa Matruh a truck failed to stop pushing waiting traffic into the path of the train. At least 40 killed.
  • Egypt 17 November 2012 – Manfalut train accident, a school bus carrying about 60 pre-school children between four and six years old was hit by a train on a rail crossing near Manfalut, 350 km (230 miles) south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. At least 50 children and the bus driver were killed in the crash. About 17 people were also injured.[29]
  • Egypt 18 November 2013 - bus hit by train at crossing by warning light and chain, at Dahshour near Giza - 26 killed - returning from wedding [30]

France[edit]

  • France October 19, 1979 – Tarbes level crossing disaster - An express train smash into a bus, carrying local pilgrims in Midi Pyrenees, which killed 21 and injured 29 people.[citation needed]

Germany[edit]

  • Germany 20 June 1959 – A crowded bus collides with a train on a level crossing in Lauffen, West Germany killing 45, the worst bus accident in German history at that time.[31]

Hong Kong[edit]

  • Hong Kong 29 July 1994 - A LRT vehicle hit by a container lorry, at a level crossing at the injunction of Wu King Road and Wu Shan Road in Tuen Mun, operator killed, four injured.[32][33][34]

Hungary[edit]

  • Hungary January 30, 1973 - Helvecia level crossing disaster - A commuter train smashed into a regular route bus, at least thirty-seven people are killed and eighteen people are injured.
  • Hungary May 8, 2003 - Lake Balaton level crossing disaster - A double-decker bus from Germany hit by BudapestNagykanizsa express train, at least thirty-four are killed and forty-two are injured.[35][36]

India[edit]

  • India December 9, 1964 - Deoria level crossing disaster — A bus hit by a passenger train in Uttar Pradesh, at least twenty-nine people are killed and seventy-two people are injured.[citation needed]
  • India September 11, 1986 - Pathali Pahar level crossing disaster — A local bus hit by a passenger train in Assam, at least twenty-eight people are killed and sixty people are injured.[citation needed]
  • India March 20, 1991 - Annupur level crossing disaster — A bus hit by many vehicles and following hit passenger train in Madhya Pradesh, at least thirty-five people are died, twenty-seven people are injured.[citation needed]
  • India December 10, 1993 – Poona level crossing disaster - A Sahyadi Express train smash into a bus, carrying school-children in Maharashtra, which killed 38 and injured 41 people.[citation needed]
  • India May 14, 1996 – Varanasi level crossing disaster - A passenger train smash into a tractor, carrying wedding guests in Uttar Pradesh, which killed 25 people.[citation needed]
  • India May 25, 1996 – Alappuzha level crossing disaster - A passenger train smash into a bus, carrying wedding guests in Kerala, which killed 35 people.[citation needed]
  • India April 1999 - Jhukia level crossing disaster — A bus with wedding party hit by passenger train, at least 45 people are killed.[37]
  • India Ganaskakti - bus hit by train.

Indonesia[edit]

  • Indonesia November 4, 1997 – Kotabumi level crossing disaster - An express train smash into a bus in Sumatra, which killed 26 and injured 5 people.[citation needed]
  • Indonesia November 3, 2001 – Serang level crossing disaster - A freight train smash into a bus, carrying local pilgrim in West Java, which killed 20 people.[citation needed]

Israel[edit]

  • Israel June 12, 1985 - HaBonim disaster - A passenger train smashed into a bus carrying school children, at least twenty-two people are killed and seventeen are injured.

Kenya[edit]

  • Kenya August 17, 2000 - 6 die in Kisumu, after a freight train hits a packed bus on a busy level crossing during the morning rush hour.[citation needed]

Mexico[edit]

  • Mexico 1975 - Cuautitlan level crossing accident — A Mexico CityCiudad Juárez passenger train smash into an express bus, at least twenty-nine people died and thirty-two people are injured on February 8, 1975.[citation needed]
  • Mexico January 17, 1977 - Tianepantla level crossing disaster — A passenger train smash into a local bus, at least forty-two people are killed.[citation needed]
  • Mexico August 15, 1982 - Tula level crossing disaster — an express bus hit by Nuevo Laredo-Mexico City passenger train, at least twenty-three people are killed and thirty-two people are injured.[citation needed]
  • Mexico February 25, 1989 - Saltillo level crossing disaster — A passenger train smash into a local bus, at least twenty-two people are killed.[citation needed]
  • Mexico January 14, 1990 - Léon level crossing disaster — A local bus hit by a freight train, at least thirty-three people died and twenty-six people are injured.[citation needed]
  • Mexico December 2006 - Cuautilan level crossing disaster — A passenger bus hit by thirty-six cars of freight train and killing at least twenty-eight, another fourteen are injured.[citation needed]

Netherlands[edit]

  • Netherlands Harmelen; January 8, 1962 (09:19 a.m.) Frontal collision, driver's error. Heavy fog and dilay, trespassed a red signal; 52 deaths - 93 injured

New Zealand[edit]

  • New Zealand August 25, 1993 - Rolleston level crossing accident — A truck fails to stop for level crossing alarms and hits the side of a southbound Southerner express passenger train, killing three and seriously injuring seven.[38][39]

Pakistan[edit]

  • Pakistan October 1987 - Moro level crossing disaster — At least 50 people are died and 40 are injured, when a passenger train smashed into a bus.[citation needed]
  • Pakistan September 2003 - Malikwal level crossing disaster — A bus hit by Lalamusa-Surghuda local train, at least twenty-seven are killed and six injured.[citation needed]
  • Pakistan Mian Channun town, about 100 kilometres east of the central city of Multan in Punjab province - in fog - School bus - 9 killed and 18 injured.[40]

Poland[edit]

  • Poland July 30, 2012. Nine people have been killed and one person is seriously injured after a train and a minibus collided in the Polish town of Bratoszewice.[41]

Russia[edit]

  • Russia Voronezhskay level crossing disaster — At least twenty-one people are dead and six are injured, when a bus carrying factory workers hit by Mineralnye VodyKrasnodar passenger train on January 21, 2006.[citation needed]

Slovakia[edit]

South Africa[edit]

South Korea[edit]

  • South Korea January 1954 - Osan level crossing disaster — A truck, carrying army infantry school, smash into local passenger train, at least 56 people fatalities and many injures in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do.[citation needed]
  • South Korea October 1970 - Onyang level crossing disaster — A charter bus hit by express train and at least 42 people are killed.[citation needed]

Soviet Union[edit]

  • Soviet Union June 11, 1989 - Kamenskaya Pogorelova level crossing disaster – An AdelerVoronezh passenger train hit by a local bus, which killed 31 and injured 14 people. (Present day of Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine)[citation needed]
  • Soviet Union July 7, 1990 - Petrozavodsk level crossing disaster. A local bus service from Padozero to Petrozavodsk collided with a suburban train on the Petrozavodsk-Suoyarvi route on the 14th km of the A133. In total 33 of the 80 passengers on the bus were killed. The 11th of July was declared a day of mourning in the Karelian ASSR.

Spain[edit]

  • Spain December 19, 1929 - Gelida level crossing accident - Gelida (Barcelona) - Bus-train collision - 17 killed and 8 injured. [43] [44]
  • Spain April 17, 1930 - Gilet level crossing accident - Gilet (Valencia) - Bus-train collision - 13 killed and 20 injured. [45]
  • Spain June 10, 1934 - La Pola de Gordon crossing accident - La Pola de Gordón (León) - Bus-train collision - 20 killed and 11 injured. [46]
  • Spain June 30, 1965 - El Arahal crossing accident - El Arahal (Seville) - Bus-train collision - 12 killed and 30 injured [47]
  • Spain December 21, 1978 - Munoz level crossing disaster - Munoz, La Fuente de San Esteban (Salamanca) - A bus carrying school children hit by a Salamanca-bound locomotive, thirty-two people are killed and fifty-six people are injured. [48] [49]
  • Spain September 24, 1980 - Vara de Quart level crossing disaster - Vara de Quart, Xirivella/Chirivella (Valencia) - A Valencia-Madrid express train smash into a local bus, which killed 25 and injured 28 people. [50]
  • Spain March 25, 1988 - Juneda level crossing accident - Juneda (Lleida/Lérida) - Schoolbus-train collision - 15 killed and 23 injured. [51]
  • Spain January 3, 2001 - Lorca level crossing accident - Lorca (Province of Murcia) - Van-train collision - 12 killed and 2 injured. [52]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

  • Switzerland 12 September 1982 – A bus carrying German tourists collides with a train on a level crossing near Zürich, Switzerland, killing 39. The barriers were not closed, because the operator pressed a wrong button. Only two passengers survive the crash.[53]

Taiwan[edit]

  • Taiwan March 11, 1961 - 27 killed, 15 injured when a south-bound passenger train (#3001 Diesel Limited Express) smashed into a truck carrying soldiers at level crossing between Linfengyin (林鳳營) and Longtien (隆田), Tainan [54]
  • Taiwan July 8, 1961 - 48 killed, 28 injured when a south-bound passenger train (#11 Limited Express) smashed into a bus at level crossing in Minxong (民雄), Chiayi.[55]
  • Taiwan April 21, 1976 - Tacheng level crossing disaster – South-bound passenger train (#33 Kuan-kuang Limited Express; Kuan-kuang Hao) smash into a bus carrying high school students in Dacun (大村), Changhua, which killed 40 and injured 42 people.[56]
  • Taiwan March 8, 1981 - Hsinchu level crossing disaster — At least thirty people are died and 131 people are injured, when a north-bound passenger train (#1002 Tzu-chiang Limited Express, Tzu-chiang Hao) smashed into a truck at the south shore of Toucian River, Hsinchu.[57]
  • Taiwan December 20, 1990 - Luchu (Luzhu, 路竹) level crossing disaster — At least twenty-five people are killed and thirty-two people injured when a north-bound train (#1020 Tzu-chiang Limited Express) smashed into a tour bus.[58]

Thailand[edit]

  • Thailand Korat level crossing disaster — At least forty are killed and thirty-nine are injured, when an overcrowded bus hit by an express train in Nakhon Ratchasima in July 1967.[citation needed]
  • Thailand Takhli level crossing disaster — A track slammed into a side of Lopburi−Pitsanulok passenger train, at least twenty-seven are killed in May 1988.[citation needed]

Tanzania[edit]

Tanzania Nov. 6 -- Twelve people died and others were injured when a bus collided with a train at Kiberege in Tanzania's eastern region. Six men, four women and two girls. The bus driver, who crossed without taking precautions, ran away after the incident. [59]

Turkmenistan[edit]

  • Turkmenistan Keshi level crossing disaster - At least 40 people are killed when a bus is hit by a diesel locomotive train in the outskirts of Ashgabat on September 19, 1998.[citation needed]

Ukraine[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Zaire[edit]

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