February 17, 1950 – Rockville Centre, New York, United States: Two passenger trains collide head-on at Rockville Centre train station. The engineer of train number 192 ignored an Approach and the following Stop signals and collided with train number 175 on temporary gantleted (overlapping) track which had been installed to facilitate a grade separation project. Both engineers survived but 31 people were killed, and more than 100 people injured.
May 25, 1950 – Chicago, Illinois, United States: Streetcar named "Green Hornet" while operating on State Street struck a gasoline truck in the rear, causing it to explode and set the streetcar on fire. 34 people died in the fire, with 50 others being injured. The accident was attributed to the motorman (driver) operating the streetcar too fast for conditions.
September 11, 1950 – Coshocton, Ohio, United States: The Pennsylvania Railroad's train number 31, the westbound Spirit of St. Louis ignores the warning Approach signal [maximum speed 30 mph (48 km/h), next signal at red] and, traveling at 48 mph (77 km/h) in dense fog, rear-ends a stopped troop train carrying the 109th Infantry Regiment from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, killing 33. The engineer of the Spirit of St. Louis is to blame.
October 1950 – Erie, Pennsylvania, United States: The New York Central train, the New England States Express, struck an oil tanker which had derailed on a passing freight train. The tank car erupted in flames, as eleven of the passenger train coaches derailed alongside it. Forty persons were injured, none seriously. Anecdotal accounts of the accident note that the fuel oil from the derailed tank cars seeped into the sewer system and became ignited, causing fire to spread further than the accident itself.
November 15, 1950 – Hjuksebø train disaster, Norway: seven freight cars ran away from the train to which they should have been attached and collided with a passenger train, killing 14 people.
November 21, 1950 – Canoe River train crash, British Columbia, Canada: A westbound Canadian National Railway train carrying Korea-bound troops is given incorrectly copied orders and collides with eastbound passenger train number 2, killing 21 people – the enginemen of both trains and 17 soldiers.
July 22, 1951 – Tatranská Lomnica, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia): In the Slovakian Tatra Mountains (Vysoké Tatry), two ČSD passengers cars collide. 19 people are killed. A similar crash had occurred in 1895 at the same place.
August 18, 1951 – Székesfehérvár, Hungary: A fast train ran into the end of a local commuter train. 6 people died in the accident (also a conductor), and 3 more after transfer to hospital. 28 passengers injured.
August 18, 1951 – Debrecen, Hungary: A passenger train heading for Tiszalök collided with a shunting DMU. 11 passengers died because of the wooden-frame coaches.
September 21, 1951 – Weedon rail crash: Defective maintenance on locomotive bogie causing derailment which killed 15.
December 26, 1952 – Budapest, Hungary: A local train from Szentendre collided on a passenger train, because of a faulty switch killing 26 and injuring 57. The switch attendant was executed on the next day.
March 27, 1953 – Conneaut, Ohio, United States: Three New York Central trains tangle near Conneaut on the four-track mainline on the night of March 27. Twenty-one passengers die. The cause is found to be an improperly secured gondola load—a section of 13-inch (330 mm) pipe fell from a freight car onto the adjacent track and was struck by a passenger train.
April 8, 1953 – Stratford tube crash: 12 people were killed as a result of a rear-end collision in a tunnel.
June 24, 1953 – 1953 Col des Nuages derailment: "About 100 or more" people are killed when a passenger train plunges 50 feet through a sabotaged viaduct in French Indochina (now Vietnam). Two locomotives and 18 cars crashed down in a ravine at a mountain pass on the route between the ancient Vietnamese capital of Huế and the port of Tourane (Da Nang). The pass had frequently been the scene of attacks by the Communist-led Viet Minh rebels. Officials said that a strong charge exploded just as the train arrived at the viaduct, tumbling a 25-foot span into the ravine.
26 August 1953 Lower Truro Rail Disaster, Nova Scotia, Canada: 6 members of a 10 member family are killed when a train hits their vehicle on a level crossing on the outskirts of Truro, N.S. William Murray Burgess, his wife Edna McCallum Burgess, and four of their children Geraldine 12 yrs, Esther 8 yrs, Rodney 5 yrs, and Heather 2 yrs are killed at the scene.
July 3, 1954 – Châteaubourg, Ardèche, France: an evening Lyon–Nîmes autorail train collides head on with a shunting locomotive working on a temporary single track section. More than 35 people are killed.
September 2, 1954 – near Fabrica, Negros Occidental, Philippines: 16 loaded wagons break loose from a heavily loaded timber train as it creeps down a steep grade. In an attempt to outrun the loose wagons, the driver hurries his locomotive and seven coupled wagons down the mountain, but the runaway wagons catch up with the train at a bridge. Many wagons are derailed, the bridge is wrecked, and five wagons fall off the bridge into a gorge. More than 100 people had been travelling on flat wagons on the train; at least 82 are killed.
October 16, 1954 – near Southampton, Ontario, Canada: a mixed train operating between Palmerston and Southampton derails while crossing a culvert near its destination, as the track gives way due to flooding by heavy rains from Hurricane Hazel. The engineer and fireman are killed.
December 2, 1954 – Wilsele, near Leuven, Belgium: a train chartered to carry football fans from Germany to the UK derails due to a points failure. 20 German football fans are killed, 40 injured.
December 28, 1954 – Dunkirk, New York, USA: a freight train and a wrecking train collide head-on. 12 train-service employees and 12 mechanical department employees are injured.
September 23, 1955 – Torreón, Mexico: A mixed passenger/freight train collides with one of two trucks carrying explosives, whose drivers were racing each other. Both trucks explode. At least 65 people killed, 100 injured.
January 22, 1956 – Redondo Junction train wreck, Los Angeles, California, United States: Bound for San Diego, two coupled Santa Fe Rail Diesel Cars (RDCs), making up train No. 82, derail and topple over at 69 mph in an evening high-speed accident, killing 30 persons on board and seriously injuring 117. The accident marked the end of the RDC units' service on the Santa Fe company's "Surf Line."
February 28, 1956 – Swampscott, Massachusetts: A Boston and Maine RailroadRDC train runs into the back of another stationary passenger train which had stopped due to signals being obscured by fallen snow. Thirteen people are killed.
September 5, 1956 – near Robinson, New Mexico, United States: Two Santa Fe express passenger trains collide when a railroad worker prematurely throws a switch directly in front of one of the trains. 20 railroad employees, mostly dining car personnel, are killed.
October 15, 1956 – Mikumo (present day Matsusaka), Mie, Japan: A Nagoya–Toba express passenger train collides head-on with another express train, and then a passenger train derailed on a safety catch point, crushing four passenger cars in Rokken Station, killing 44 people and injuring 94.
January 7, 1957 – Welwyn Garden City rail crash (1957), England: An Aberdeen–London express train passes a red signal in mist and collides with the rear of a slower moving local train. One person is killed and 25 injured.
March 15, 1957 – near Kuurila, Finland: Southbound night express train from Tornio to Helsinki collides head-on with the Helsinki–Pori express train. 26 people killed and 60 injured.
April 27, 1957 – Bylnice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic):wagon runs away during shunting from Brumov station and collides with a passenger train carrying 20 people, killing 10 and injuring 4.
December 4, 1957 – Lewisham rail crash, England: A steam train passes a red signal in the fog and ploughs into the back of an electric train. The crash also destroys a support column of a railway bridge, causing parts of the bridge to collapse onto the wreck. 90 people are killed.
December 9, 1957 – Codogno rail crash, Italy: A Milan–Rome express train travelling at 130 km/h (81 mph) collides with a truck trapped on a level crossing. The train derails and brings down a cast iron pylon. Fifteen people are killed and more than 30 injured.
January 1, 1958 – an Ambala-Delhi local train collided with standing Delhi–Pathankot express at Mohri station, Ambala, Haryana, India, killing at least 32 people, another 85 are injured.
January 24, 1958 – Southern Railway passenger train, The Southerner, train Number 47, southbound for New Orleans, Louisiana, derails two cars due to a faulty switch at ~0600 hours, while the consist was moving into a siding about one mile from the Spartanburg station. The two derailed cars were dragged about 200 yards and struck a boxcar and a tank car on an adjacent track. Railway officials said that there were no injuries and relatively little damage. L. L. Walters, general superintendent of transportation at Charlotte, North Carolina, said that No. 47 was moving at about 10 m.p.h. when the cars derailed. Passengers were moved into other cars and the train proceeded without delay. About 200 cross ties were chewed up.
January 30, 1958 – Dagenham East rail crash, Dagenham, United Kingdom: A commuter train passes a danger signal and rear-ends the stopped train in front of it, killing 10 people and injuring 89.
May 8, 1958 – 1958 Rio de Janeiro train crash, Brazil: a commuter express train rams and crashes into another commuter train. Wreckage of cars is piled along embankments under a highway overpass near Mangueira station, in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The accident kills 140 people and injures another 300.
September 15, 1958 – Newark Bay, New Jersey rail crash, United States: A Central Railroad of New Jersey morning commuter train blows through stop signals, derails, then slides off of the open liftspan. Both diesels and first two coaches plunge into Newark Bay and sink immediately, 48 people drown. A third coach hangs precariously out the drawbridge for two hours, snagged by its rear truck before it, too, topples into the water. All passengers on the third coach escape. As the whole operating crew was killed, no absolute determination for the accident was reached, but a medical emergency in the cab was theorized due to the deadman's switch having not been activated.
March 18, 1959 – Beavercreek, Ohio A car with 8 Girl Scouts and 2 troop leaders of the Beavercreek Girl Scouts is struck by a freight train at the Factory Road crossing at Beavercreek, Ohio, killing all occupants. In memory of the victims of this tragedy the Angels Pass Memorial was placed at the Beavercreek Community Park.
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