Newport rail accident
|Date||28 September 1907|
|Rail line||South Wales Main Line|
|List of UK rail accidents by year|
The Newport rail accident occurred on Saturday night, 28 September 1907. A mineral train from Rogerstone to Cardiff and a passenger train from Cardiff collided near the Ebbw Junction, killing 1 and injuring at least 12. The passenger train left Cardiff at 19:42.
The one fatality was Albert Workman - the driver of the mineral train - a married man with two children. Also injured was Ernest Day, aged 24, of Cardiff, fireman on the mineral engine. The passenger train was travelling at 50 mph at the time. The driver and fireman on the express train were thrown from their engine by the force of the impact, as was the fireman of the mineral engine. A number of passengers were also slightly injured.
According to the Board of Trade report, the accident was caused by the signalman in Park Junction signal box incorrectly releasing the goods train by incorrectly pulling an adjacent lever. This allowed the heavy goods train onto the down gradient, crossing the main line in the path of the passenger train at Ebbw Junction. Once the error had been recognised and signals set to danger, neither train could brake in time to avoid the collision.