Lockington rail crash

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Lockington rail crash
Date26 July 1986
LocationLockington, Humberside
Coordinates53°54′30″N 0°26′21″W / 53.90820°N 0.43919°W / 53.90820; -0.43919Coordinates: 53°54′30″N 0°26′21″W / 53.90820°N 0.43919°W / 53.90820; -0.43919
LineHull to Bridlington Line
OperatorBritish Rail
CauseVehicle incursion (level crossing)
Injuries59, 10 requiring further treatment
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In Lockington, England on 26 July 1986, the 09:33 passenger train from Bridlington to Kingston upon Hull on the Hull to Scarborough Line struck a passenger van on a level crossing.

Eight passengers on the train and a passenger in the van died.


On 26 July 1986 the 09:33 Bridlington to Hull train, travelling at around 50 miles per hour (80 km/h), struck a van at Lockington Level Crossing at around 10:00, causing the train to derail.[1] The train was made up of a two-car Class 105 DMU unit coupled to a two-car Class 114 unit.[2][3] The derailed train ran down the railway embankment and the front vehicle jackknifed and fell onto its side. The van was torn into five pieces.[1]

Eight train passengers and a passenger in the van were killed. 59 people were taken to hospital, of whom 10 required further treatment.[1]

It is thought that the derailment was caused by one side of the bogie colliding with the van, followed by a wheel in the trailing bogie of the front carriage striking trackwork that had been damaged by the force of the initial derailment, causing the train to jump and the first carriage to separate from the trailing bogie. The front coach left the railway line and ran into a field, embedding itself, causing the rear of the coach to be pushed around by the rest of the train, causing it to fall on one side, and be turned around 180 degrees.[4]

The level crossing was an automatic type using flashing warning lights (an AOCR – Automatic Open Crossing, Remotely Monitored), which had been installed in 1985/86 replacing lifting barriers operated from the adjacent signal box.[1]

There had been reported examples of the warning lights operating incorrectly before the accident, including the lights failing to activate or activating without enough warning time. The investigation concluded that the lights did operate correctly on the day of the accident.[5] The driver of the van could not recall the incident; the evidence showed that the van was moving when struck, as the van was in gear. He was local to the area and a driver of over two decades experience, and was aware of the mode of operation of the crossing.[6] The investigator concluded that on balance of probability the driver had been distracted before the crossing, causing him to miss the light signal.[7]

An inquest held on 25 February 1987 recorded that the persons involved in the accident died of misadventure.[8]

The line re-opened on 29 July 1986.[1]


In 2009 a campaign was launched to have a permanent memorial erected.[9] On 25 July 2010 a memorial was unveiled at Driffield Memorial Garden at 2 pm, with over 100 people attended the service.[10][11]

A book about the disaster was published by Bridlington disaster author expert Richard Jones in September 2010.[12]

A ceremony was held on 24 July 2011 at the memorial for the 25th anniversary of the crash.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e King 1987, p. 1.
  2. ^ King 1987, p. 2.
  3. ^ British Railway Disasters. Ian Allan. 1996. ISBN 0-7110-2470-7.
  4. ^ King 1987, 78–80, p.14.
  5. ^ King 1987, 105–109, pp.18–19.
  6. ^ King 1987, 110–111, p.19.
  7. ^ King 1987, 112, p.19.
  8. ^ King 1987, p. 23.
  9. ^ "Appeal to support 1986 Lockington Train crash memorial fund". Driffield Times & Post. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Rail crash memorial unveiled". Driffield Times. 28 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Memorial for Lockington train crash victims". BBC News Online. BBC. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. ^ "New book remembers 'forgotten disaster' when nine died in Lockington train crash". This is Hull and East Riding. Northcliffe Media Ltd. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Emotions run high as 25th anniversary of Lockington rail disaster is marked". The Yorkshire Post. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2014.


Further reading[edit]

  • Jones, Richard (2010). Lockington: Crash at the Crossing.
  • "Lockington Rail Accident". House of Lords sitting. Hansard. 28 July 1986. cc559–64.

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