Nijmegen train collision

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Nijmegen train disaster
Nijmegen train collision is located in Netherlands
Nijmegen train collision
Location within Netherlands
Date 28 August 1979
Coordinates 51°49′55″N 5°50′16″E / 51.8320°N 5.8378°E / 51.8320; 5.8378
Country Netherlands
Rail line Tilburg–Nijmegen railway
Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Type of incident Head-on collision
Statistics
Trains 2
Deaths 8
Injuries 36

The Nijmegen train disaster was a railway accident in the Netherlands in which two passenger trains—of which one did not contain passengers—collided head-on. The accident happened on 28 August 1979 between Wijchen and Nijmegen, near the Kolpingbuurt neighbourhood in Nijmegen on the railway line Tilburg to Nijmegen. Eight people died in the disaster,[1] seven passengers and the driver of train 4365. 36 people were injured, including the conductor and driver of train 74363.

Trains[edit]

Two trains were involved in the accident. The first was an empty train 74363 destined for Nijmegen railway station. This train consisted of a multiple unit of the Mat '64 Plan V 936 type. The second was train 4365 consisting of two two-carriage multiple units of the Mat '46 type, units 256 and 244. Train 74363 traveled at about 5 km/h, the passenger train 4365 at about 90 km/h.

Additional reading[edit]

  • (Dutch) Spoorwegongevallen in Nederland, 1839-1993; writer: R.T. Jongerius, Published by: Schuyt & Co, 1993. Part 22 in the book range of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Belangstellenden in het Spoor- en tramwegwezen (NVBS), ISBN 90-6097-341-0.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Achtste slachtoffer treinramp Nijmegen". Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). September 4, 1979. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 

Coordinates: 51°49′55″N 5°50′16″E / 51.8320°N 5.8378°E / 51.8320; 5.8378