Eccles rail crash (1941)
|Date||30 December 1941|
|Rail line||Liverpool to Manchester Line|
|Operator||London Midland and Scottish Railway|
|Type of incident||Collsion|
|Cause||Signal passed at danger, fog, error in working practices|
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A westbound train passed danger signals in fog in the wartime blackout and collided at about 30 mph with an eastbound train traversing a crossover. A major contributory cause was that the signalman had erroneously suspended "fog working", which would give greater distances between trains, due to a misunderstanding about whether fogmen were on duty. The fog was worsened by the nearby Manchester Ship Canal and visibility was as low as 10 yards.
Twenty-three people were killed.
- Wilson, Major G R S (9 April 1942), Accident Report (PDF), Ministry of War Transport, retrieved 2008-11-12 (Poor-quality scanned typescript)
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