List of rail accidents (1960–69)

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This is a list of rail accidents from 1960 to 1969.

1960s[edit]

1960[edit]

1961[edit]

  • February 11, 1961 – United Kingdom – An express freight train is derailed near Rugby, Warwickshire. The wagons foul the adjacent line, and are run into by an express passenger train.[4] Two people are killed.[5]
  • February 13, 1961 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train runs into a freight train at Baschurch, Shropshire. Three people are killed.[6]
  • February 1961 – United Kingdom – A diesel multiple unit runs away and crashes through buffer stops and into houses at Royton, Lancashire. The train then catches fire. The driver was seriously injured.[7]
  • March 11, 1961 – Taiwan – 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[8]
  • March 20, 1961 – United Kingdom – A diesel electric multiple unit and an electric multiple unit collide at Cannon Street, London due to the driver of the latter misreading signals.[9]
  • April 11, 1961 – United Kingdom – An electric multiple unit overruns signals and crashes into another at Waterloo station, London. One person is killed and fourteen are injurd.[4]
  • April 18, 1961 – United Kingdom – During single-line working, a passenger train is derailed between Laindon and Pitsea, Essex when a linesman clips trap points in the open position.[10]
  • July 8, 1961 – Taiwan – 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.[11]
  • July 16, 1961 – United KingdomSingleton Bank rail crash: The 8:50 diesel multiple unit train from Colne to Fleetwood collided with the rear of a ballast train at about 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) near Weeton, Lancashire, England. Seven were killed (the driver and six passengers) and 116 were injured.[12]
  • September 2, 1961 – United Kingdom – A train is derailed at Bournemouth Central, Dorset after overrunning signals.[13]
  • October 16, 1961 – United Kingdom – A freight train runs away at Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire and is derailed by trap points.[14]
  • December 7, 1961 – United Kingdom – A steam locomotive passes a signal not showing a clear danger aspect and collides with a freight train at Bodmin General station, Cornwall.[7]
  • December 14, 1961 – United StatesAuburn, Colorado: The Union Pacific passenger train "City of Denver" en route to Denver collides with a school bus carrying 36 children bound for Delta and Arlington elementary schools, Meeker Junior High, and Greeley High. 20 of the children were killed, 16 children and the driver survived.[15]
  • December 15, 1961 – United Kingdom – A down freight train runs into the rear of another at Conington, Huntingdonshire during Permissive Block Working. An up freight train runs into the wreckage, followed a few minutes later by another up freight train.[16]
  • December 23, 1961 – ItalyFiumarella rail disaster: a CosenzaCatanzaro train derails on a bridge near Catanzaro. 70 people die and 27 are injured.[17]

1962[edit]

1962 Mikawashima Train Crash in Arakawa, Tokyo

1963[edit]

  • April 1, 1963 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed near Weedon, Northamptonshire due to a defective wagon and fouls the adjacent line. An express passenger train collides with the derailed wagons.[28]
  • April 28, 1963 – United States – A freight train derails near Dillsburg, Pennsylvania leaking chlorine gas. Eventually a propane explosion rocks the neighborhood and the mushroom cloud can be seen for miles.[29]
  • May 27, 1963, – United Kingdom – A Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway train from Hythe to New Romney, United Kingdom, hauled by Hercules suffers a fault in its brake system. The driver manages to get the train running, but at only 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h). The train is run in to by the following train, hauled by Typhoon, derailing a number of carriages and causing a number of injuries.[30]
  • August 1, 1963 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train overruns signals and collides with a passenger train at Norton Junction, Staffordshire.[31]
  • August 1, 1963 – United Kingdom – A passenger train formed of electric multiple units is derailed at Barnham station, West Sussex due to an electrical fault causing a point motor to operate a set of points as the train approaches them. Thirty-eight people are injured.[32][24]
  • August 15, 1963 – United KingdomKnowle and Dorridge rail crash: An express passenger train is in collision with a freight train at Knowle and Dorridge station, Warwickshire due to a signalman's error. Three people are killed.[33]
  • November 9, 1963 – JapanTsurumi rail accident: a twelve car Yokosuka-Tokyo commuter train collides with three cars of a freight train which had derailed, and hits head on the Tokyo-Zushi commuter train during slow speed, and crushing four passenger cars at TsurumiShin-Koyasu, Yokosuka and Tokaido Line, Yokohama, killing at least 161 people, another 120 are injured.
  • December 5, 1963 – IrelandMullingar, County Westmeath: A broken down passenger train is run into by the locomotive sent to rescue it. Sixteen people are injured.[34]

1964[edit]

  • February 1, 1964 – ArgentinaAltamirano rail disaster' - near Buenos Aires: A Mar del Plata-Buenos Aires Firefly Express with 1,040 passengers on board collided head-on with a freight train, killing 34 people.
  • April 7, 1964 – United Kingdom – A freight train was derailed near Howe & Co's Signalbox, Cumberland.[35]
  • May 28, 1964 – United Kingdom – A passenger train derails at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire due to excessive speed on a curve. Three people are killed, 27 are hospitalised.[36]
  • November 15, 1964 – United Kingdom – A freight train crashes at Adolphus Street Goods Yard, Bradford, Yorkshire after the crew lose control and jump clear. The locomotive is consequently scrapped in situ.[13]

1965[edit]

1966[edit]

  • January 2, 1966 – United States – The last two cars of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad's South Wind derail near Franklin, Kentucky, injuring 19 of an estimated 400 passengers on board. The last car, a private coach owned by Robert T. Hogan of Oak Park, Illinois, turns over on its side, injuring him and several members of his family, while passengers in the next coach, which derails but stays upright, were injured by baggage stored overhead striking them in the head and back.[39]
  • February 9, 1966 – United Kingdom – Two coaches of a London-bound commuter train burst into flame as the train moved at 70 miles an hour, with scores of passengers jumping from the blazing cars which was finally stopped near Radlett, 20 miles north of London. Thirty-three persons, many of them stretcher cases with burns, were taken to hospitals. Others were treated beside the tracks where the train halted after passengers pulled the emergency cord. Rescue officials praised the quick action of John Allam, chief test pilot for the nearby Handley-Page Aircraft plant, in sounding an alarm that brought firemen and ambulances to the scene within minutes. He also notified a signalman up the line to halt following trains.[40]
  • June 13, 1966 – India – Two suburban commuter EMU trains collide head-on in torrential monsoon rain between Matunga and Sion railway stations, Bombay, killing 57 and injuring 106, 42 seriously. Motorman cabins and first few coaches of both trains were crushed. Coaches telescoped into each other and climbed over the adjacent coaches. It was thought the heavy monsoon rains might have disrupted signalling system.[41][42]
  • July 15, 1966 – United KingdomKingham, Oxfordshire. An express passenger train derails due to the movement of a switch blade on a set of points. The switch blade was able to move because bolts had been removed and the blade had not been clamped. Seventeen people are injured.[43][44]
  • August 14, 1966 – United Kingdom – A passenger train is derailed when it runs into a landslip at Ardoch, Dumfriesshire.[45]
  • October 7, 1966 – Canada – The Dorion level crossing accident: A merchant CN Rail train traveling at an excessive speed collides with a school bus at a level-crossing in Dorion, Quebec, killing 19 of 40 teenage students and the bus driver.

1967[edit]

  • March 5, 1967 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train is derailed at Conington, Huntingdonshire due to a signalman moving a set of points under the train. Five people are killed and eighteen are injured. The signalman is subsequently convicted of endangering persons being conveyed on the railway but found not guilty on a manslaughter charge. He is sentenced to two years' imprisonment.[46]
Langenweddingen rail crash.
  • July 6, 1967 – East GermanyLangenweddingen level crossing disaster, Langenweddingen near Magdeburg: Because of an overstretched cable preventing the proper operation of a level crossing's barriers, a local train collides with lorry carrying 15,000 litres of light petrol and ignites. 94 people killed, of which 44 are children on a holiday transit. After the accident, barrier-dependent train signalling was introduced on the DR network.
  • July 31, 1967 – United KingdomThirsk rail crash (1967), an express train from King's Cross to Edinburgh collides at speed with the wreckage of a derailed freight train. Seven killed and 45 injured, 15 seriously.[47][48]
  • November 5, 1967 – United KingdomHither Green rail crash, a broken rail causes a derailment resulting in 49 deaths.
  • November 28, 1967 – United Kingdom – A newspaper train derails at Raynes Park, London, crashing into a footbridge and severely damaging it.[22]

1968[edit]

1969[edit]

  • January 4, 1969 – United KingdomMarden rail crash, a passenger train runs into the back of a parcels train after passing a signal at danger. Four people killed, eleven injured.
  • May 7, 1969 – United Kingdom – A passenger train derails at Morpeth, Northumberland due to excessive speed on a curve. Six people killed and 21 injured.
  • June 10, 1969 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed at Lichfield, Staffordshire due to heat-buckled track.[52]
  • June 13, 1969 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train is derailed at Somerton, Somerset due to heat-buckled track.[52]
  • July 15, 1969 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed at Lamington, Scotland due to heat-buckled track.[52]
  • July 23, 1969 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train is derailed at Sandy, Bedfordshire due to heat-buckled track.[52]
  • August 20, 1969 – United StatesDarien, Connecticut: Two New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad electric multiple units collide head-on along the single-track New Canaan Branch. Three crew and one passenger die, due to crew's disregard of train orders.[53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Gerd Böhmer. "Bahnbetriebsunfälle der DR und DB ab 1958". 
  3. ^ Pruden, Jana G. (December 28, 2010). "Survivors recall 'The Tragedy'". The Edmonton Journal (Postmedia Network Inc.). Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Earnshaw 1990, p. 40.
  5. ^ Hall 1990, p. 123.
  6. ^ Earnshaw 1990, p. 39.
  7. ^ a b Earnshaw 1993, p. 34.
  8. ^ (Taiwan) United Daily News, Mar 12, 1961
  9. ^ Earnshaw 1989, pp. 40-41.
  10. ^ Hoole 1982, p. 44.
  11. ^ (Taiwan) United Daily News, Jul 9, 1961
  12. ^ Langley, Brig C A (22 December 1961). "Report on the Collision at Singleton Bank" (PDF). HMSO. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  13. ^ a b Trevena 1981, p. 42.
  14. ^ Hoole 1983, p. 12.
  15. ^ The Rocky Mountain News The Crossing[dead link] Retrieved January 26, 2007.
  16. ^ Hoole 1982, p. 45.
  17. ^ a b c "Tragedia sui binari". Il Sole 24 Ore. January 7, 2004. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  18. ^ Hoole 1983, pp. 6-7.
  19. ^ Danger Ahead! Harmelen, The Netherlands, 1962
  20. ^ Earnshaw 1989, p. 42.
  21. ^ Vaughan 1989, pp. 180-84.
  22. ^ a b Earnshaw 1990, p. 42.
  23. ^ (French) Billebault, Roald (November 16, 2006). Velars: Horreur sur le Viaduc. La Gazette.
  24. ^ a b Earnshaw 1989, p. 41.
  25. ^ Earnshaw 1993, p. 3.
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  27. ^ Earnshaw 1993, p. 36.
  28. ^ Hall 1990, pp. 123-24.
  29. ^ "Firefighter recalls aftermath of 1963 train wreck in Monroe Township". The Cumberland Sentinel. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "The bank holiday railway trip that ended in terror". The Folkestone Herald. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  31. ^ Vaughan 2003, p. 15.
  32. ^ Vaughan 1989, pp. 216-21.
  33. ^ Vaughan 1989, pp. 208-15.
  34. ^ "Report of Inquiry into Accident on Railway System Córas Iompair Éireann near Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on 5th December 1963". Department of Transport and Power via Rail Accident Investigation Unit. 1964. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  35. ^ Hall 1990, p. 124.
  36. ^ "The Lollipop Express train crash remembered 50 years on". BBC News Online. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  37. ^ Earnshaw 1990, p. 44.
  38. ^ Associated Press (December 10, 1965). 80 human fatalities, 100 injuries result in Burma train crash. The Victoria Advocate.
  39. ^ United Press International, "19 Injured As Passenger Train Derails", Playground Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Monday, 3 January 1966, Volume 19, Number 237, page 1.
  40. ^ Associated Press, "33 Injured In British Train Crash", Playground Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Thursday, 10 February 1966, Volume 20, Number 4, page 1.
  41. ^ "Two-train crash kills 52", The Straits Times, Singapore 14-Jun-1966, p.18.
  42. ^ "Train Crash Kills 57 Near Bombay", The Pittsburgh Press vol.82 #350.
  43. ^ "Derailment at Grayrigg 23 February 2007" (PDF). Rail Accident Investigation Branch. Retrieved 2008-10-23. [dead link]
  44. ^ Vaughan 1989, pp. 222-27.
  45. ^ Hoole 1983, pp. 26-27.
  46. ^ Vaughan 1989, pp. 20-28.
  47. ^ Ministry of Transport; Col. D. McMullen (1968). Railway accident: Report on the Derailment and subsequent Collision that occurred on 31st July, 1967, at Thirsk in the Eastern Region British Railways (PDF). London: H.M.S.O. ISBN 0-11-550036-7. 
  48. ^ Brown, Murray (August 2007). "Disaster at Thirsk – DP2 destroyed". Rail Express 135: 20–23. 
  49. ^ "12 die, 108 hurt as trains hit in Switzerland". Toronto Daily Star. 1968-06-25. p. 4. 
  50. ^ "SBB-Crash in der Waadt: Der Lokführer ist tot" [SBB crash in Vaud: The driver is dead] (in German). Blick. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  51. ^ "Survivors hunted after crash." The Hartford Courant. December 24, 1968.
  52. ^ a b c d Hall 1990, p. 131.
  53. ^ Shaw 1978, pp. 363–365.

Sources[edit]

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  • Earnshaw, Alan (1990). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 6. Penryn: Atlantic Books. ISBN 0-906899-37-0. 
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