2011 Baby derailment

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2011 Baby Derailment
A PKP class EU07 locomotive, similar to the one which derailed.
A PKP class EU07 locomotive, similar to the one which derailed.
Date 12 August 2011
Time 16:15 local time
Location Baby, Piotrków County
Coordinates 51°32′13″N 19°43′00″E / 51.53694°N 19.71667°E / 51.53694; 19.71667Coordinates: 51°32′13″N 19°43′00″E / 51.53694°N 19.71667°E / 51.53694; 19.71667
Country Poland
Rail line WarsawKatowice
Operator PKP Intercity
Type of incident Derailment
Cause Under investigation
Trains One
Passengers 280
Deaths 1
Injuries 81

On 12 August 2011, an express train travelling from Warsaw to Katowice in southern Poland derailed at Baby, near Piotrków Trybunalski, killing one passenger and injuring 81 others.


On Friday, 12 August 2011, a PKP Intercity TLK train from Warszawa Centralna to Katowice derailed at Baby [ˈbabɨ], near the town of Piotrków Trybunalski. The accident happened at 16:15 local time (14:15 UTC). Initially, four passengers were reported dead,[1] but search of the wreckage with the use of lifting equipment and rescue dogs established that only one 52-year-old man had died. A total of 81 passengers were injured,[2] including about 20 in serious condition.[3] The locomotive, PKP class EU07, number 1034,[4] and all four carriages derailed. The first carriage turned over. The train was full, carrying almost 280 passengers, as the accident happened on the Friday before the long weekend of the Assumption Day holiday.[5]

After the accident, it was reported that the train had been travelling at 118 kilometres per hour (73 mph) on a section of line where the maximum permitted speed was only 40 kilometres per hour (25 mph). The driver was placed under arrest in the hospital, and on 15 August 2011 a court placed him under detention for two months. The accident is under investigation by public prosecutors and by a special accident investigation committee.[2]


  1. ^ "Poland: Train passenger killed in derailment". BBC News Online. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Areszt za katastrofę" (in Polish). Gazeta Wyborcza. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Katastrofa w Babach. Po przeszukaniu wagonów nie znaleziono więcej ofiar (Accident in Baby. Search of the wreckage yielded no more victims)". Wiadomości (in Polish). polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Katastrofa kolejowa w Babach pod Piotrkowem Trybunalskim (Accident in Baby, with photographs)" (in Polish). 2011 Polskapresse Sp. z o.o. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dodelijk treinongeluk Polen (Deadly train crash in Poland)" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. Retrieved 12 August 2011.