List of rail accidents (1930–49)

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This is a list of rail accidents from 1930 to 1949.





  • June 17, 1932 – United Kingdom – A passenger train is derailed at Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire.[9]
  • September 14, 1932 – AlgeriaTurenne rail accident: A 14-car troop train of the French Foreign Legion derails in the Atlas Mountains and plunges 250 feet (76 m) into a gorge. 57 legionnaires and most of the train's crew die; 223 are injured.
  • October 16, 1932 - France - A passenger train rams a freight train near Cérences station, Manche, Normandy, and caroms down a steep grade, splintering the lead coaches. Five men and two women are killed and fifteen others injured, all being residents of the local area where the accident occurred.[10]
  • October 18, 1932 - Russia - Heavy loss of life occurs when the Black Sea express train, coming from Sotchi, strikes a freight car that had been mistakenly switched to the express tracks at Lublinoff station, eleven kilometers from Moscow, telescoping five cars, three of them passenger coaches.[11] Casualties include 36 killed and 51 injured. On October 31, the Soviet government sentences to death the station master whose negligence caused the accident. Three others also sharing responsibility receive prison terms.[12]
  • December 14, 1932 – Switzerland – A collision in the Gutsch Tunnel on the Zürich–Lucerne line kills at least six people.[13]




Overseas Railroad rescue train at Islamorada, 1935.
  • September 2, 1935 – United StatesIslamorada, Florida: The upper Florida Keys are hit by the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. A 10-car rescue train is sent by the Florida East Coast Railway to evacuate hundreds of World War I veterans from government work camps, but is washed from the tracks when the Overseas Railroad is engulfed by a storm surge at Islamorada. Total train fatalities not known (at least 408 estimated storm deaths). Railway link to Florida Keys is left destroyed.
  • December 13, 1935 – United StatesDearing, Georgia: Three trainmen were killed and ten others injured in the head-on collision of two Georgia Railroad at the station in this town near Augusta. The train bound from Augusta to Atlanta overran a switch and struck a train bound to Augusta from Atlanta which was standing at the depot.[27]



  • 15 February 1937 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway express passenger train is derailed at Sleaford North Junction, Lincolnshire due to excessive speed on a curve. Four people are killed, fifteen people are injured.[29][30]
  • 15 February 1937 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway freight train is derailed at Upton, Lincolnshire.[30]
  • February 1937 – United Kingdom – A London Midland and Scottish Railway express freight train is derailed at West Hampstead, London.[31]
  • March 1, 1937 – United Kingdom – A Great Western Railway passenger train collides with a freight train at Langley, Buckinghamshire and is derailed. One person is killed and six are injured.[31]
  • March 8, 1937 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway passenger train is derailed at Langrick, Lincolnshire due to defective track.[29]
  • April 2, 1937 – United KingdomBattersea Park rail crash, London: two passenger trains collide. 10 killed, 17 injured. The signalman believed there was a fault with his equipment and overrode the interlocking.
  • April 26, 1937 – United StatesDominguez Canyon rail crash, Colorado: D&RGW passenger train crashes into gully about 8pm, due to burned out trestle. 2 killed, 7 injured. The engineer, CD Freeman, and the fireman, FS Perkins, were killed when the train fell through the unsupported rails due to the trestle having burned out earlier in the day. The crash was at about 8pm so there not sufficient light to see that the trestle had burned out, so the crash was ruled accidental.
  • June 13, 1937 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway passenger train is derailed south of Durham due to the driver misreading signals. Nine people were injured.[32]
  • June 28, 1937 – United Kingdom – A Southern Railway passenger train overruns signals and crashes into an electricity substation at Swanley Junction), Kent. The train had been ordered to make an unscheduled stop at Swanley but the driver was not told of this. Four people are killed.[33]
  • July 17, 1937 – India – A mail train is derailed at Bihta. Over 100 people are killed.[34][35]
  • November 16, 1937 – United Kingdom – A Great Western Railway steam railcar overran a signal and is diverted into a short siding. It overruns the buffers and collides with a signal box at Ealing, London.[36]
  • November 17, 1937 – United Kingdom – A London, Midland and Scottish Railway passenger train overran signals and was in a rear-end collision with an express passenger train at Coppenhall Junction, Crewe, Cheshire.[37]
  • December 10, 1937 – United KingdomCastlecary rail accident, Scotland: A London and North Eastern Railway Edinburgh-Glasgow commuter express, travelling 70 mph (110 km/h) in white-out conditions, rear-ends a local train standing in the station. 35 killed, 179 injured, most seriously. The local had been running late.


  • January 21, 1938 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train collides with an empty coaching stock train at Oakley Junction, Bedfordshire due to a signalman's error. Three people are killed and 46 injured.[38]
  • June 19, 1938 – United StatesCuster Creek train wreck near Saugus, MontanaMilwaukee Road Olympian plunges into Custer Creek when a 25-year-old bridge, weakened by heavy rain, collapses; 47 people killed, many victims in a tourist sleeper that is submerged in 20 feet of water for almost 36 hours. Some bodies recovered as far as 50 miles downstream.[39]
  • July 30, 1938 – Jamaica – near Balaclava Station, five overcrowded cars derail; 32 killed, 70 injured.[40]
  • August 19, 1938 – United Kingdom – A Great Western Railway express passenger train is diverted into a siding at Newport, Monmouthshire due to a signalman's error. The train crashes through the buffers but comes to rest short of the River Usk.[41]
  • December 1, 1938 – United States – A school bus carrying 39 students in Sandy, Utah pulled onto a railroad track crossing during a snowstorm. A train emerged from the storm killing the bus driver and 23 students.[42]


Genthin rail crash memorial.
  • December 22, 1939 – GermanyGenthin rail disaster: collision when train D180 drove into previous delayed and overcrowded train D10 from Berlin to Cologne. 278 killed, 453 injured. Highest number of fatalities ever in an accident in Germany.
  • December 22, 1939 (same day) - Germany - Markdorf, Lake Constance: Mistake of a traffic controller led to a head-on collision of a passenger train and a cargo train. 101 killed, 47 injured.



  • February 4, 1940 – United Kingdom – A train runs into a landslip at Watford Tunnel, Hertfordshire and is derailed. One person is killed, six are injured.[52]
  • March 12, 1940 – FinlandTurenki: a troop train and a freight train collided after being let on the same piece of track by mistake, leaving 39 people dead and 69 injured. This is still the worst train accident in Finland.[53]
  • March 14, 1940, Alamo Texas: An oncoming train collided with a truck carrying more than 40 agricultural workers, killing 34 people ranging in ages from ten to 48. The collision at the railroad crossing on Tower Road in Alamo resulted in the most deaths on a Texas highway in the 20th century. Historical Marker has been added to commemorate the passing of the great agricultural workers as well as a gathering during this time yearly. Sited info Eddie Perez and Gracie Aguilar
  • April 19, 1940 – United StatesLittle Falls Gulf Curve crash of 1940Little Falls, New York, United States: The New York Central Lake Shore Limited, running from New York City to Chicago derailed due to excessive speed on a curve killing 31 and injuring nearly 140. The train had left Albany 21 minutes behind schedule and the engineer was trying to make up time.[54]
    Memorial plaque for 1940 Lakeshore Limited derailment in Little Falls, New York.
  • July 31, 1940 – United StatesDoodlebug DisasterCuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States: The PRR "Doodlebug", a gasoline-electric interurban car, fails to take a siding and collides with an oncoming freight, causing the gas tanks to explode. The crew jump before the crash; all 43 passengers die as the wreck burns too intensely to allow rescuers near for half an hour. A federal investigation suggests the Doodlebug's driver had become disoriented due to carbon monoxide in a poorly ventilated cab.
  • October 14, 1940 – United Kingdom – A London Midland and Scottish Railway express passenger train is derailed at Wembley, Middlesex when a platform barrow falls onto the track. A number of people are killed and many are injured.[19]
  • November 4, 1940 – United KingdomNorton Fitzwarren rail crash, England: Great Western Railway train driver misreads the signals on a four-track line that merges to two, and runs his train off the end of the track. Coaches telescope, killing 27 and injuring 75. Contributory causes include a nonstandard placement of signals and the invisibility of the tracks during the wartime blackout.
  • December 19, 1940 - The Seaboard Air Line Sunbeam and an Atlantic Coast Line freight collide at a right angle crossing at Zephyr Hills, Florida, killing Benjamin J. Green, engineer of the Sunbeam, in his cab, and injuring ten of the passengers and crew. "Trainmen on both railroads said they did not know what caused the accident, but believed the automatic signals had gone wrong. Normally, the passenger train would have had the right of way, they said."[55]


  • February 10, 1941 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway passenger train overruns signals and runs into the rear of an express train at Harold Wood, Essex. Seven people are killed and seventeen are seriously injured.[56]
  • February 21, 1941 – United StatesPiedmont & Northern train no. 5, west-bound through a curve near Fairmont Station, eight miles W of Spartanburg, South Carolina, strikes rear of stopped freight. Flagman jumps from electric ex-Pennsylvania Railroad combine no. 350 before impact with steel caboose, but engineer killed. Fifteen other passengers in following ex-PRR trailer are injured.[57]
  • June 29, 1941 – RomaniaIași pogrom, Iași: More than 2,700 Jews forced onto two trains die of dehydration.[58]
  • July 2, 1941 – United Kingdom – An express train and a freight train collide at Slough, Buckinghamshire. Five people are killed and 25 are injured.[59]
  • August 9, 1941 – Canada – a Canadian National Railways passenger train collides with a stationary engine at the Turcot Yards, Montreal, Quebec... the fireman is killed and the engineer is severely injured in the resulting boiler explosion. 53 of the passengers are injured.
  • December 30, 1941 – United KingdomEccles rail crash (1941); Collision in fog kills 23.


Ontario train wreck December 1942
  • December 27, 1942 – CanadaAlmonte, Ontario: 36 people are killed and over 200 injured when a passenger train running late was struck from behind by a troop train.[citation needed]



Train wreck near St. Malo France August 1944.
  • January 3, 1944 – SpainTorre del Bierzo rail disaster, The Madrid-Coruña express collides with a switch engine and catches fire inside Torre del Bierzo tunnel n° 20 in Leon province, Spain. Smoke and flames in the tunnel delay rescuers for two days. 78 killed officially, maybe over 250; exaggerated estimates of 500–800 still seen in reference books. Date may be Jan 16.[64]
  • January 16, 1944 – United KingdomIlford rail crash (1944), England: an express passenger train from Norwich to London Liverpool Street station passes a signal set at danger, and runs into the back of an express passenger train from Yarmouth. 9 killed.
  • March 3, 1944 – ItalyBalvano train disaster: 530 people riding a freight train die of carbon monoxide poisoning when the locomotive stalls in a tunnel.
  • June 2, 1944 – United KingdomSoham rail disaster, England: The leading wagon of a train carrying American ammunition to a base in Essex caught alight; the burning wagon was pulled clear of the other fifty, but it exploded killing the fireman and signalman.
  • July 1944 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway passenger train is derailed by faulty points at Pannal, Yorkshire.[65]
  • August 4, 1944 – United StatesStockton train wreck, derailment caused by broken rail kills 47 in Stockton, Georgia
  • September 3, 1944 – Japan – Gokurakubashi (Mount Koya) bound train was traveling on a climb gradient of Nankai Koya Line, has a sudden stop and fire broke out from under the floor in Wakayama Prefecture. In an incident caused by as a flaw to how to hang the brake stop where it was inspected, it was derailed by a curve overthrow interval train to reverse-way traveling the steep gradient of 50 per mil. 71 people were killed and 138 were injured.[66]
  • November 7, 1944 – Puerto RicoPassenger train derails in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico due to excessive speed on a descent. 16 killed; 50 injured.
  • November 8, 1944 – United States – Nine killed and 125 injured when, at dawn, the first section of the westbound Southern Pacific Challenger jumps the tracks and hurtles into a ditch three miles (5 km) west of Colfax.[67]
  • November 14, 1944 - United States - Newport, Pennsylvania - Two Pennsylvania Railroad freights collide head-on at about 2200 hours ET on a track normally reserved for westbound traffic. About five minutes later, a westbound special troop train, headed from New York to Chicago, strikes the wreck. Injuries included the engineer and fireman of the westbound freight, and two porters and an enlisted man on the passenger special.[68]
  • November 24, 1944 – collision of two trains (German supply train and Polish passenger train) in Barwald Sredni, occupied Poland. 130 people killed and over 100 wounded.[69]
  • December 31, 1944 – United StatesBagley train wreck near Ogden, Utah kills 48.


  • January 10, 1945 – United KingdomBallymacarrett rail crash, East Belfast. Collision in fog. 22 killed, 27 injured.
  • February 4, 1945 – United KingdomKing's Cross railway accident, London, England: a train for Leeds departs from platform 5 into the uphill Gasworks Tunnel, but begins sliding backwards on slippery rails, and with few lights in the tunnel, the driver does not notice. With the points changed behind the train, it is now moving toward the occupied platform 10. A signalman's attempt to divert it is a few seconds too late and derails the rear car (now leading) instead. It collides with a signal gantry, killing 2 passengers, and with the train in platform 10.
  • May 21, 1945 – United StatesPiqua, Ohio, United States: a seventeen-car west bound troop train, travelling on the Pennsylvania Railroad line, derails at high speed. Eight cars plunge down a 20-foot (6.1 m) embankment, injuring 24 of the 400 soldiers on board; poor track maintenance due to wartime personnel shortages is blamed.[70]
  • July 16, 1945 – GermanyAßling: A US Army train carrying tanks runs into a passenger train which had stalled due to an engine breakdown after the American signalman tells the freight train to proceed despite the track still being occupied. About 110 German POWs are killed as the mostly wooden coaches of the passenger train are destroyed.[71]
  • July 21, 1945 – United Kingdom – A London Midland and Scottish Railway express passenger train overruns signals and collides with a freight train that is shunting at Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire. Two people are killed and 31 are injured.[72]
  • August 9, 1945 – United StatesMichigan train wreck, United States: Great Northern's Empire Builder plows into a stalled observation car at Michigan, North Dakota, 34 killed.
  • September 2, 1945 – United KingdomHaywards Heath, West Sussex, England. A Streatham to Newhaven empty coaching stock train, failed to stop after being signalled into a siding. It ran through the buffer stops and into the buttress of Haywards Heath Tunnel, killing the driver and fireman. It had been diverted into the siding, in order to reverse on to the up line, as the down line had been taken out of service by an engineering possession.[73]
  • September 7, 1945 – United Kingdom – The bank of the Shropshire Union Canal fails near Sun Bank Halt, Denbighshire and causes the trackbed of the Ruabon to Barmouth Line to be washed away for 40 yards (37 m). A Great Western Railway mail and freight train is derailed, with all vehicles except a brake van destroyed in the ensuing fire. One person is killed and two are injured.[74]
  • September 9, 1945 – Argentina – A passenger train derails in Iturbe, Jujuy, killing 36 and injuring more than 50.[75][76]
  • September 30, 1945 – United KingdomBourne End rail crash, England: train fails to slow down for temporary diversion to slow lines and derails, 43 killed.


  • January 1, 1946 – United KingdomLichfield rail crash, Point failure results in 20 deaths.
  • January 5, 1946 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway freight train becomes divided south of Durham. The train is stopped at Browney but the second part of the train crashes into it. The wreckage causes a false clear signal to be given, and an express passenger train travelling in the opposite direction crashes into it. Ten people are killed and eight are seriously injured.[65][77]
  • February 10, 1946 – United Kingdom – A combination of driver and signalman's errors results in London and North Eastern Railway passenger train being derailed at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. An express passenger train crashes into it, followed by another minutes later. Two people are killed.[78]
  • March 20, 1946 – BrazilAracaju train crash, 185 are killed and 300 injured in Brazil's worst ever train crash when a train derails descending a steep gradient near Aracaju, capital of Sergipe state.
  • April 26, 1946 – United StatesNaperville train disaster in Naperville, Illinois: Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Advance Flyer, stopped in Naperville station to check the running gear, is rammed by the Burlington's Exposition Flyer, coming through on the same track at 80 mph (130 km/h). 47 killed, some 125 injured.
  • July 17, 1946 – United Kingdom – Two passenger trains collide at Victoria Station, London. Seven people were hospitalised.[79]
  • August 21, 1946 – United States – near Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States: The Mail Express Number 6 was eastbound at the time of the accident and had passed through Rock Springs at 2:07 a.m. The train was due to arrive in Rawlins at 2:55 a.m. but had derailed about 2:20 a.m. The train derailment occurred about a mile west of the Thayer junction. References: The Rawlins Daily Times, Rawlins, Wyoming, Wednesday, August 21, 1946, Volume LVIII, Number 162, pages 1 and back page and Thursday, August 22, 1946, Volume LVIII, Number 163, pages 1 and 6. Early reports the wreck had been caused by a broken rail or an open switch were not confirmed by Union Pacific. Cause of the derailment was still undetermined on August 22, 1946 and officials were quoted as saying that they doubted it would be announced. Seven men injured and one died. The deceased was the engineer, David Francis Michie, born 4 July 1886 who died on 21 August 1946 in Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming at 12:20 a.m. of severe burns he suffered in the derailment.[80][81][82]
  • September 20, 1946 – United Kingdom – near Catford, south east London: A London Victoria to Ramsgate passenger train derails on a curve at 40 mph (64 km/h). Seven of the nine carriages leave the track, with the first four dropping to the bottom of the 20-foot (6.1 m) embankment. One passenger from the first carriage is killed. Derailment was due to poor track.[83]
  • December 13, 1946 – United States – near Coulter, Ohio, United States: The Pennsylvania Railroad's Golden Triangle sleeper train derails in darkness when it strikes the wreckage of 2 freight trains which had rear-ended half an hour earlier on an adjacent track. 19 killed, 139 injured. Most of the dead are soldiers on furlough from Fort Dix, New Jersey, seated in two day coaches at the front of the train.[84]
  • 1946 – United States – MP 85.5 (Winona), C&G CAGY locomotive #506 a 2-8-2 built as Fort Smith & Western #25, a converted Camelback locomotive, picked a switch and struck a line of tank cars waiting in a siding; killing the engineer of the train and severely injuring the fireman. The exact cause is unknown, but believed to have been caused by a previous crew not closing a switch fully.[85]


  • January 2, 1947 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway express passenger train overruns signals and crashes into the rear of another at Gidea Park, Essex. Two people are killed and 45 are hospitalised.[86]
  • January 21, 1947 – United Kingdom – a Southern Railway electric multiple unit is run into by an empty passenger train at South Bermondsey, London.[87]
  • February 18, 1947 – United StatesBlair County, Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Railroad's "Red Arrow" from Pittsburgh to New York derailed at Bennington Curve west of Horseshoe Curve at 3:22 am local time. The train was going at excessive speed. Two of the PRR K4s engines slid down the mountain, along with several coaches. Of the 155 passengers on board, 24 died and 104 were injured (including crew). Ten of 15 cars derailed.[88]
  • February 25, 1947 – JapanHachikō Line derailment: A Japanese Government Railways passenger train derails on a sharp curve on the Hachikō Line between Komagawa and Higashi-Hannō stations due to excessive speed, causing four cars to roll off the track and into a field, killing 184 and injuring 495 in the worst rail accident in Japan since World War II.[89]
  • April 3, 1947 – United StatesDowners Grove train wreck, Illinois, USA: The Twin Cities Zephyr, traveling at about 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) through the Downers Grove depot, strikes a heavy caterpillar tractor which had fallen from a freight train only seconds earlier. At least 3 die and more than 30 are injured.
  • April 9, 1947 - United States - Raton, New Mexico - Eastbound Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Train No. 18, Super Chief, derails southwest of Raton, New Mexico, with two cars near the middle of the 13-car consist overturning. At least 26 suffer injuries. The three-unit diesel power set breaks away from the cars with the lead unit's nose coming to rest on a trestle over a dry river bed, and one diesel overturns. Only the last two cars remain on the rails, with the others jack-knifed across the roadbed. Railroad officials said that there 149 aboard the train.[90]
  • April 12, 1947 – United Kingdom – A passenger train is derailed near Keighley, Yorkshire when a bridge collapsed under it due to storm damage.[91]
  • May 1, 1947 – United StatesHuntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA: Two huge inch-thick steel plates on a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train strike and cut open the side of the first coach of the 15-car New York to St. Louis American, killing at least four passengers and injuring 40 others in a 1:47 a.m. EST accident five miles W of the town. The steel plates are then jolted onto another track of the four-track mainline, derailing a third train, a freight.[92][93]
  • May 5, 1947 – AustraliaCamp Mountain rail accident, Queensland: A picnic train derails after taking a sharp curve too fast on the Dayboro line to the north-west of Brisbane. 16 killed.
  • May 30, 1947 – United States – The engineer and fireman of the Frisco railroad's Florida Special are killed in a derailment near Mansfield, Missouri. Two passenger cars leave the rails but remained upright and none of the passengers sustained injury.[94]
  • June 3, 1947 – United States – Two crew members of a northbound train and one of a southbound train are killed when two Monon Railroad freight trains collide head-on twelve miles north of Lafayette, Indiana after the southbound train fails to take the Ash Grove siding.[95]
  • June 15, 1947 – Argentina – A passenger train collides with a cow in La Cruz, Corrientes, killing 18 and injuring 48.[96]
  • July 21, 1947 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train is derailed at Grendon, Buckinghamshire due to defective track. Five people are killed and 64 are injured.[97]
  • July 26, 1947 – Switzerland – Two trains collide between Biberbrugg and Einsiedeln. Ten people are killed and 73 are injured.[98]
  • August 9, 1947 – United Kingdom – A London and North Eastern Railway passenger train runs into the rear of another at Doncaster, Yorkshire due to a signalman's error. Twenty-one people are killed and 188 are injured.[99]
  • September 1, 1947 – CanadaDugald train disaster, Dugald, Manitoba: A Canadian National Railway excursion train fails to take the siding and collides with the No. 4 Transcontinental that was standing on the main line. 31 people were killed, most by fire breaking out in two gas-lit wooden cars on the excursion train.
  • October 24, 1947 – United KingdomSouth Croydon rail crash, South London, England: Signalman improperly uses release key to free signals. Two commuter trains collide in thick fog, 32 killed.
  • October 26, 1947 – United KingdomGoswick rail crash Flying Scotsman express fails to slow for diversion and derails; 28 are killed.
  • November 6, 1947 – United Kingdom – A collision occurs between two Southern Railway electric multiple units at Motspur Park, London due to a fogsignalman's error. Four people are killed and twelve are injured.[100]
  • November 6, 1947 – United Kingdom – A Southern Railway passenger train overruns signals at Herne Hill, London and collides with an electric multiple unit. One person is killed and nine are injured.[101]
  • November 26, 1947 – United Kingdom – Near Farnborough, Hampshire, England. A Bournemouth West to London Waterloo train is halted near Farnborough due to the failure of signalling system's power supply. The following train, from Ilfracombe, is erroneously admitted into the section, and strikes the rear of the Bournemouth train at 20 mph (32 km/h), killing one passenger.[102]
  • 1947 – United States – MP 69.5 CAGY (Columbus & Greenville Railroad), Locomotive #506 derails after striking another train in the rear. Engine crew are killed, and the locomotive falls onto its side, becoming mired in the mud and embankment. Railroad tries to raise the engine, but upon being unable to do so, opt to simply scrap the locomotive in place, cutting it off even with the ground where it lies.[85] #506 had previously been involved in another accident the year prior, as well as a few minor derailments.


  • January 23, 1948 – United Kingdom – A passenger train formed by a 6PUL and a 6PAN electric multiple unit overruns signals at London Bridge and collides with an empty stock train formed of two 6PAN units. Three people are killed and 34 are injured,[103]
  • February 22, 1948 – SwitzerlandWädenswil, Lake Zurich: a Swiss South Eastern Railway train runs away down a steep incline and crashes into a house after being diverted into a siding to avoid a collision with other trains. Twenty-one people are killed. A separate switch determined whether the main control handle applied power or used the motors for braking, and the driver had failed to select braking and therefore was inadvertently accelerating the train.[98][104][105]
  • April 17, 1948– United KingdomWinsford rail accident (1948): Signalling error results in 24 deaths.
  • May 14, 1948 – United Kingdom – A freight train runs away and runs into the rear of an empty passenger train at Battyeford, Yorkshire.[56]
  • July 17, 1948 – United Kingdom – An express train and a local train collide at Ardler Junction, Scotland. Two people are killed and seven are injured, one seriously. The local train overran signals, with a signalman's error in accepting the train when the express had been accepted being a contributory factor.[106]
New Southgate


  • February 19, 1949 – United Kingdom – A freight train becomes divided at New Southgate, Middlesex. The rear portion runs away, but is not derailed at catch points due to a signalman's error. The wagons enter the main line and are run into by a parcels train.[112]
  • April 24, 1949 – United States – Smith County, Tennessee, Gordonsville 10 persons were killed coming home from church at approximately 10:30 pm.[113] A family was killed when a loaded locomotive hit them at a high rate of speed. The family, in two trucks, was returning from church services at the Lancaster Church of God. The driver, Jessie Bennett, aged 50, was blind in one eye. He was killed along with his wife Mattie Bell Ray Bennett, 45, and three of their sons: Douglas Bennett, aged 12, V.L. Bennett, aged 10, and Melvin Earl Bennett, aged 8. Also killed were Mrs. Paulie Dickens, aged 24 (daughter of the Bennetts), her husband, Paulie Dickens, aged 24 and their daughter, Catherine, aged 1, the brother of Jessie Bennett, W.A."Cooney" Bennett, aged 49, and a close family friend, Linnie Gibbs aged 17.[114] According to witnesses Jessie Bennett's farm truck fully loaded passed his son in law's truck who had stopped to let a rider out of the truck. He noticed the train lights and tried to flag his father in law down. As soon as he got halfway across the train tracks hit him and the family at full speed. The fast moving locomotive hit.[115]
  • April 25, 1949 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train overran signals and was derailed at Douglas Park Signal Box, Motherwell, Lanarkshire. Signalman suspected of moving the points under the train.[116]
  • August 17, 1949 – JapanMatsukawa derailment: A Japanese National Railways train derails in Fukushima Prefecture, killing three crewmembers.[117]
  • August 19, 1949 – United Kingdom – A passenger train collides with a freight train at Ashcott, Somerset.[118]
  • October 11, 1949 – Argentina – A passenger train collides with a freight train in Palermo, Buenos Aires, killing 18 and injuring more than 80.[119]
  • November 29, 1949 – United States – Ulm (Aurich), Arkansas: "Two Cotton Belt freight trains met head on in the fog at the siding called Aurich about a mile North of Ulm, Arkansas. A long southbound freight had just sawed by a northbound passenger train at Aurich. After the southbound freight allowed the passenger train by it was getting ready to repeat the maneuver with a northbound freight when the accident occurred. The diesel powered northbound entered the siding and hit the L1 powered southbound freight head on. The accident was blamed on the northbound crew being unable to see a warning flare because of the fog. The complete story is in The Daily Leader and Arkansawyer of nearby Stuttgart. The paper had this story on its front page Tuesday November 29, 1949. You can find a copy of this paper on Microfiche at the Stuttgart Library."

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