List of level crossing crashes

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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]

  • 11 June 1962, Villa Soldati level crossing tragedy, Buenos Aires: 42 people were killed and 88 injured, when a bus was hit by an express train.
  • 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.[1]
  • 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. Eleven people were killed and 228 injured. The bus driver had ignored the crossing warning lights and partly lowered barrier.[2][3][4]


Australia[edit]

  • Victoria, 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.[5]
  • Victoria, 24 February 1951 – 11 people killed in a collision between a bus and a train at a level crossing near Horsham, Victoria.[6]
  • Victoria, 1 June 1952 – Nine killed in bus-train accident at a level crossing at Boronia, Victoria.[6]
  • New South Wales, 27 January 2001 – Gerogery level crossing accident – Five killed.
  • South Australia, 24 October 2002 – an interstate passenger train struck a bus and car stopped on a level crossing at Salisbury – four killed, 26 injured.[7]
  • Victoria, 5 August 2004 – Three killed when a Sprinter passenger train collided with a car stopped on a level crossing at St Albans, Victoria.[8]
  • Victoria, 11 August 2005 – a motorist ignored flashing level crossing lights at Horsham.[9]
  • Victoria, 28 April 2006 – Two killed and 28 injured when a passenger train collided with a truck transporting a 14-tonne granite block, at a passively-protected crossing at Trawalla in western Victoria.[6]
  • Victoria, 25 May 2006 – Lismore level crossing accident – a truck collided with a train at a passively-protected crossing in fog. Truck driver killed.[10]
  • Victoria 5 June 2007 – Kerang train crash – 11 passengers killed when a truck collided with a passenger train, slicing open two carriages. Warning lights protecting the crossing were working.
  • Victoria, 22 August 2007 – SomervilleTyabb – truck driver killed.[11] Flashing lights protecting the crossing were working. There were no boom barriers.
  • Victoria, 29 April 2008 – The vehicle of a 'P-Plate' driver was hit by train while stopped on a crossing in Murrumbeena, Victoria[11]
  • Victoria, 18 November 2008 – A Connex Melbourne express train collided with a car in Dandenong South, Victoria, killing the car's 53-year-old female occupant, after she failed to stop at an actively-protected crossing.[12]
  • Queensland, 27 November 2008 – Two people were killed and several others injured after a QR Tilt Train collided with a truck on the Bruce Highway level crossing about 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Cardwell, Queensland.[13]
  • Queensland, 1 January 2009 – One person was 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.[14]
  • Victoria, 14 November 2011 – One killed after a train collided with car at Toorak Road level crossing in Kooyong, Victoria.[15]
  • Victoria, 28 November 2011 – A train collided with a tip truck stopped on the Springvale Road level crossing in Springvale, Victoria.[16]
  • Victoria, 16 March 2012 – One killed after train collided with car at Cheltenham, Victoria.[17]
  • Victoria, 25 May 2012 – One person killed after a freight train collided with a car stopped on the Cherry Road level crossing in Werribee, Victoria.[18]
  • Victoria, 27 Oct 2012 – Reservoir, Victoria – a train collided with a truck at High Street level crossing with operational boom gates, bells and lights.[19]
  • Victoria, 3 Nov 2012 – Dandenong South, Victoria – A truck ran through Abbotts Road level crossing with operational boom gates, bells and lights, and hit an outbound Cranbourne suburban train travelling at 115 km/h (71 mph). One killed, thirteen injured, including the train driver.[20]

Bangladesh[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Canada[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Egypt[edit]

  • 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.[30]
  • 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.[31]
  • 18 November 2013 – bus hit by train at crossing by warning light and chain, at Dahshour near Giza – 26 killed – returning from wedding [32]


Germany[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

  • 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.[36][37][38]

Hungary[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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.[39][40]

Israel[edit]

  • 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.

Japan[edit]

  • June 10, 1958 15:28 – Nantan, Kyoto: 4 people were killed and 88 injured. Steam locomotive colided with the chartered bus that elementary school students get on.[41]
  • January 3, 1959 22:50 – Osaka, Osaka: 7 people were killed and 13 injured. A bus was hit by Hankyu Exporess train, which caused by delayed closing of the crossing signalman.
  • December 12, 1960 – Maniwa, Okayama: 10 people were killed and 50 injured. A bus was hit by the train at the crossing without crossing signal.
  • September 20, 1963 – Fukuoka, Fukuoka: 8 people were killed. 4-car train colided with a truck and derailed, and another 1-car train colided with the derailed train.
  • April 1, 1967 – Sennan, Osaka: 5 people were killed and 208 injured. The train colided with a truck and derailed.
  • December 9, 1969 – Tatebayashi, Gunma: 7 people were killed and 101 injured. The train colided with a crane truck.
  • March 30, 1970 – Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi: 5 people were killed and 29 injured. The train colided with a concrete mixer lorry and derailed.[42]
  • March 4, 1971 – Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi: 17 people were killed and 71 injured. the train colided with a small truck, and brake device of the train malfunctioned. Then train ran-away 4 km and derailed.

Kazakhstan[edit]

  • November 23, 2014 – A truck/Lorry, which was unable to stop because of black ice, gets hit by 2 trains at a crossing. the truck/lorry driver was killed on the 2nd impact and 4 cars from the freight train derailed; the wreck was caught on security video.[43]


Mexico[edit]

  • 1997 – Mexico City a commuter train hits a fuel tanker at a crossing and later explodes killing at least 20 people; the explosion was recorded by a news helicopter.[44]

Morocco[edit]

  • March 1, 2000 – Ksar el-Kebir – A train crashed into a tractor trailer that carried 50 agricultural workers – 36 killed and 10 injured – Accident was due to fog.[45]

The Netherlands[edit]

  • February 17, 1944, Lisse – Truck with workers is pushed onto the crossing after a collision with another truck and gets hit by train, 9 killed, many injured.[46]
  • May 25, 1954, Zandbulten – Bus with wedding guests gets hit by train, 6 dead and ca. 20 injured.[47][48]
  • October 10, 1977 – IJsselmuiden – Car gets hit by train on level crossing, 6 killed.[49]
  • July 22, 1986 – Brummen – Van, transporting mentally disabled, gets hit by train on level crossing, 6 dead, 2 injured.[50][51]
  • June 16, 2000, Klarenbeek – Car with caravan drives a red light at a rail crossing and is struck by train, family of 5 killed.[52]

New Zealand[edit]

  • 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.[53][54]

Pakistan[edit]

  • 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.[55]

Poland[edit]

  • 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.[56]

Portugal[edit]

  • May 2, 1938. In Viana do Castelo, at 00.15 AM, on the Gontim street level crossing, a train crashed into an open-box lorry that carried more of forty people that returned from celebrations of the Labour Day. Twenty eight of them were killed and seventeen injured.[57]
  • April 26, 1984. Terronho crossing, Recarei, Paredes – 07:30 AM – Train-Bus collision – Seventeen killed and over twenty injured.[58]

Slovakia[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Spain[edit]

  • December 19, 1929 – Gelida level crossing accident – Gelida (Barcelona) – Bus-train collision – 17 killed and 8 injured.[61][62]
  • April 17, 1930 – Gilet level crossing accident – Gilet (Valencia) – Bus-train collision – 13 killed and 20 injured.[63]
  • June 10, 1934 – La Pola de Gordon crossing accident – La Pola de Gordón (León) – Bus-train collision – 20 killed and 11 injured.[64]
  • June 30, 1965 – El Arahal crossing accident – El Arahal (Seville) – Bus-train collision – 12 killed and 30 injured [65]
  • 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.[66][67]
  • 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.[68]
  • March 25, 1988 – Juneda level crossing accident – Juneda (Lleida/Lérida) – Schoolbus-train collision – 15 killed and 23 injured.[69]
  • January 3, 2001 – Lorca level crossing accident – Lorca (Province of Murcia) – Van-train collision – 12 killed and 2 injured.[70]

Switzerland[edit]

  • 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.[71]

Taiwan[edit]

  • 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 [72]
  • 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.[73]
  • 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.[74]
  • 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.[75]
  • December 20, 1990 – Lujhu (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.[76]

Tanzania[edit]

  • Nov. 6[when?] – 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.[77]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

  • Dien Sanh train crash – March 10, 2015 – A Vietnam Railways passenger train collides with a lorry near Dien Sanh station. One person is killed and several people are injured, four seriously.

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