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  • January 22, 1930 – Berea, Ohio, USA: New York Central mail train headed for Chicago broadsides a school bus at grade. Nine passengers, all aged 6–11, and the driver die. He had stopped for a passing freight, then proceeded, without looking, into the path of the mail train.
  • April 11, 1930 – Isleta, New Mexico, USA: Santa Fe westbound mail train No. 7 strikes a Greyhound bus at a grade crossing 12 miles (19 km) south of Albuquerque. 21 killed, 7 injured. Bus's fuel tank explodes on impact, burning many victims beyond recognition. The Interstate Commerce Commission report on the accident mentions that at this time, accidents at railroad grade crossings are causing some 2,000 deaths and 6,000 injuries annually.
  • June 30, 1930 – USSR: Amidst a rash of Soviet rail accidents, the IrkutskLeningrad express derails in northwest Russia, killing 22 and injuring 28. The State Commissar of Railways begins a housecleaning program that uncovers high levels of carelessness and even drunkenness on the job. Severe penalties are put in place for negligence; as a result of the 1930 crashes, 12 railway workers are imprisoned and two executed.
  • December 3, 1930 – USSR: A tram motorman fails to heed crossing signals and pulls into the path of an oncoming locomotive. 28 die, 19 are injured. The accident leads to the imprisonment of 16 additional railway workers.
  • January 26, 1931 – Groningen, The Netherlands: An incoming passenger train from Nieuweschans collides with a freight train. The locomotive from the passenger train derails and crashes into a school. A shunter told the freight train driver to accelerate in spite of a stop signal. 3 killed, 5 injured.
  • May 27, 1931 – Moorhead, Minnesota: The Great Northern Railway's Empire Builder, bound for Chicago from Seattle, is torn from the tracks by a tornado. One coach, weighing 83 tons, is hit full force and flung 80 feet (24 m) through the air. One passenger is killed, 57 injured.
  • September 13, 1931 – Biatorbágy, Hungary: Sylvestre Matuschka blows up the viaduct under the BudapestVienna express train, killing 22 passengers and injuring 17.
  • January 2, 1932 – near Moscow, USSR: Two packed suburban trains collide after one strikes and kills a person walking the track. The train stops to retrieve the body but puts out no flares, lanterns or flags. The next train on the line slams into it at 50 mph (80 km/h), crushing six cars. In another tragic error, injured passengers are helped to a parallel track, where they are struck by yet a third locomotive. 68 are killed.
  • August 29, 1933 – The Golden State Limited, a transcontinental passenger train, went through a storm-weakened bridge into an arroyo near Tucumcari, New Mexico. 11 people were killed and 46 injured.
  • December 14, 1933 – 11 area children were killed when their school bus was hit by an Atlantic Coast Line freight train near Crescent City, Florida, resulting in the deaths of ten of the school children and the serious injury of a score of others--"several of whom are not expected to recover."
  • September 21, 1934 – Otsu, Japan: The Biwako Line express train from Tokyo derails off the Seta River bridge in the midst of the devastating Muroto typhoon. At least 11 killed, 216 injured.
  • December 24, 1935 – Großheringen, Germany: A local packed with Christmas travelers, just leaving a depot in Thuringia, runs a red signal on a bridge and sideswipes a Berlin-Frankfurt am Main express. Coaches on the local go over the side into the frozen Saale River. 36 killed, 50 or more injured.
  • March 28, 1936 – Byron, Georgia, United States: A Central of Georgia passenger train, going too fast through a grade crossing at night, strikes a bus which had failed to stop at the crossing. 11 of the 13 aboard the bus are killed.
  • July 21, 1936 – Vandergrift, Pennsylvania: An 8" long piece of strap iron left on the track by a 12-year-old boy derails an 87-car PRR freight, killing the engine fireman.
  • November 24, 1936 – Chicago, Illinois: A North Shore Line interurban rear-ends a Chicago L train at Granville Avenue. Though the crash was at slow speed, steel cars on the L crushed wood cars coupled between them. 10 killed, 59 injured.
  • November 26, 1936- Waterford, New Jersey: A pickup truck carrying 4 people, including an 8 year old boy, was struck while the passengers were out collecting firewood for Thanksgiving dinner. All 4 aboard were killed. None injured on the Wildwood Express of the Pennsylvania Seashore Line bound for Philadelphia, PA.
  • July 16, 1937 – A DelhiKolkata express derailed at Patna, Bihar, India, killing 107.
  • October 22, 1937 – Mason City, Iowa: The Rock Island Line Rocket streamliner strikes a school bus at grade just outside a brick and tile factory after a class tour. 10 killed, 19 injured. Sight lines were obstructed by tile pallets stacked near the crossing.
  • June 15, 1938 – A ShimonosekiKyoto passenger train derailed by heavy rain with mud-rock flow at Kumayama-Wake of JNR Sanyo Line, eastern Okayama, Japan, killing 25, another 108 are injured.
  • September 20, 1938 - Tortuga, California: A misplaced switch on the Southern Pacific Railroad sends the eastbound Californian crashing into the westbound Argonaut which is waiting on a siding; 11 die and 139 are injured.
  • September, 1938 – Martorell, near Barcelona, Spain: Faulty signals and poor visibility on a curve are blamed after two trains on same track collide head-on. 65 killed.
  • December 1, 1938 - A late-running D&RGW freight, "The Flying Ute", hits a school bus during a blinding snowstorm near 300 West and 10600 South in Sandy, Utah, killing 23 of 39 students along with the bus driver in the worst railroad crossing accident in United States history. The accident caused subsequent changes in school bus regulations to require that in addition to stopping the bus at railroad crossings, the school bus door is to be opened by the driver to be able to hear an approaching train.
  • December 19, 1938 – A freight and passenger train collide near Barbacena, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Wooden cars splinter and catch fire, killing at least 82. Some of the dead are Boy Scouts.
  • December 21, 1938 – 45 miles (72 km) from Mexico City, a broken wheel causes 14 cars to derail, killing at least 40. Most passengers were government employees on holiday.
  • December 25, 1938 – In Bessarabia near Chişinău—which is now in Moldova but was then part of Romania—two passenger trains collide in a snowstorm. 93 killed, 340 injured.
  • March 20, 1939 – RBD Stettin on main line between Angermünde and Pasewalk Express train D 17 derailed. Boiler of locomotive 03.174 (Borsig 14535 / 1934) exploded due to a boiler water shortage. Two killed and two injured. Locomotive 03.174 had to be scrapped due to severe damage.
  • March 29, 1939 – Sud Express overnight express between Paris and Lisbon, at Tolosa, Spain.
  • September 17, 1939 – Ramla Tzrifin, British Palestine: collision of a freight train traveling from Srfnd with a bus traveling from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. The bus windows were protected against stone-throwing by nets, which prevented the passengers from escaping when the bus caught fire. Of the 30 or so passengers 23 died in the fire, and 6 more (including the driver) died in hospital soon afterwards.
  • November 11, 1939 – RBD Oppeln Cosel - Bauerwitz single line. Passenger trains P 950 and P 957 crashed due to faulty signals. 43 killed and 48 injured.
  • December 22, 1939 – Markdorf, Germany: collision of a special passenger train and a goods train on the Radolfzell-Lindau line, 101 killed. These were the first accidents in German railway history to claim more than 100 victims; they happened on the same day.
  • January 29, 1940 – Three gasoline multiple units carrying factory workers crash and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi station, Nishinari Line (present-day Sakurajima Line), Osaka, Japan, killing at least 181 people and injuring at least 92.
  • April 19, 1940 – Little Falls, New York, United States: The westbound New York Central Lake Shore Limited, running fifteen minutes late, fails to reduce speed to 45 miles per hour at Gulf Curve (nicknamed "Death Curve") near Little Falls, sharpest on the NYC System, and at 59 mph (95 km/h) the locomotive derails, crosses two tracks and strikes a rock wall whereupon it explodes and nine cars pile up behind it. At least 30 known dead, including the engineer, and 100 injured in the accident.
  • December 3, 1940 – Velilla de Ebro, Spain: Two express trains collide at 4:00 am near this remote depot some 30 miles (48 km) outside Zaragoza, killing 41 and injuring 80. Several of the more gravely injured perish at the scene due to the extreme cold. Investigators establish that no one threw the switch that would have put one express on a clear track.
  • July 19, 1941 – Krylbo, Sweden: German munitions train explodes in Krylbo. It is unknown whether it was an accident or sabotage. Later the British claimed to be behind this successful sabotage action.
  • August 9, 1941 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada CNR passenger train #242 from Vaudreuil collides with a stationary switch engine in the Turcot Yards... the locomotive and two cars of the passenger train are derailed. The fireman is killed and the engineer is severely burned when the boiler ruptures... 53 passengers are injured.
  • September 16, 1941 – An express train collides with standing local train inside Aboshi station, Himeji, Japan, killing at least 65 and injuring 71.
  • October 1, 1941 – A local train bound for Kumamoto, Japan on the Hohi Line derailed at Kawarauchi river bridge on the outskirts of Oita, Kyūshū, causing 3 passenger cars to plunge into the river, killing at least 44 people, and injuring at least 72.
  • December 21, 1941 – Illinois Central train New Orleans Special southbound from Memphis to New Orleans travelling at 60 mph (97 km/h) completely demolishes a 1931 Chevrolet crossing the tracks at Bowdre, Mississippi. Killed 8, including a three year-old child and an 18 month old infant, all members of the same family.
  • December 27 – RBD Osten – D 123 crashed on Frankfurt an der Oder - Posen main line at Bf Leichtholz stopped freight train Dg 7053. The snow plough had damaged the signal system. Six tank wagons loaded with petrol exploded burning five passenger coaches of D 123. 41 killed and 57 injured.
  • September 24, 1942. Dickerson, Maryland, USA. Fourteen people are killed when two Baltimore & Ohio passenger trains collided on a hill. The Ambassador had stopped for a few minutes to make a repair when it was hit in the rear by the Cleveland Night Express. A passing freight train collided with the wreck and also derailed. All of those who died were in the last car of the stopped train. The engineer of the striking train was convicted of manslaughter by locomotive and sent to prison for two and a half years.
  • October 1942 – Warsaw, Poland: The Polish Union of Retaliation blow up all railways leading from and to Warsaw, destroying 4 German supply trains going for the Eastern Front and disrupting the supply transport for several days.
  • February 28, 1943 –(Poland) RBD Posen Military vacation express train SF 76 collied with freight train Dg 19540 at Bf Galkau. The stop signal ignored. 25 killed and 12 injured.
  • September 15, 1943 – RBD Stettin N 8713 run in heavy fog into the rear of on line stopped N 8702. 18 killed and 41 injured.
  • September 23, 1943 – Dmw 31 derailed on RBD Königsberg Białystok - Prostken line. 23 killed and 33 injured.
  • October 26, 1943 – Two freight trains collide with a derailed passenger train at Joban Line, Tsuchiura, Japan, causing two carriages to plunge into the river, killing 110 and injuring 107 according to Japanese media.
  • December 25, 1943 – RBD Königsberg E 32 collided with freight train Dg 94476 between Korschen and Lötzen. The driver did not notice the warning signal. 15 killed and 34 injured.
  • December 31, 1943 – RBD Stettin Tantow Military vacation express train SF 62 crashed with two locomotives which were stopped on line. 38 killed and 16 injured.
  • January 11, 1944 – Accident in Arévalo station in Ávila province, Spain. 41 killed.
  • February 1944 – Train collision near Breifoss between Hol and Geilo, Norway, at the Bergensbanen line. 25 killed.
  • July 6, 1944 – Troop train crash near Jellico, Tennessee, United States: Passenger train derails due to excessive speed on defective track. 35 killed, 99 injured; all soldiers in U.S. Army en route to deployment.
  • September 28, 1944 – Side collision, passenger and freight train Chicago & North Western Railway at Missouri Valley Iowa. 9 killed, 95 injured. Interstate Commerce Commission Investigation # 2833
  • December 26, 1944 – According to Japanese media, a commuter train collides with another standing commuter train at Tsurumi market station, Keikyu Line, Yokohama, Japan, killing at least 53 and injuring 94.
  • January 10, 1945 – According to Japanese media and government reports, a local train derails at Masuda river bridge, with two passenger cars plunging into river, Takayama Line, northern Gifu Prefecture, Japan, killing at least 43, injuring 56.
  • January 13, 1945 – Jørstad River bridge, Snåsa, Norway: A bridge is destroyed in Operation Woodlark, a sabotage operation. A train unaware of the sabotage crashes into the river below, killing 70-80 people, and injuring some 100 more.
  • January 31, 1945 – A nine cars of Mexico City-San Juan de Los Lagos extra passenger train, carrying 1,800 people, mainly local pilgrims, collides with a freight train in Cazadero village, Querétaro, Mexico, killing at least 96 persons and injuring another 150.
  • May 17, 1945 – According to Japanese media and government reports, two commuter trains collide head-on at Toyama Local Railway (Toyama Chiho Railway) Line, Toyama, Japan, at least 43 killed, another 257 injured.
  • June 26, 1945 – Caterham, England: Head-on collision between two passenger trains results in the deaths of both drivers.
  • August 20, 1945 – Two commuter trains collide head-on at Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line, Omuta, Kyūshū, Japan, killing 40. another 83 are injured.
  • August 24, 1945 – Two passenger trains collide and plunge into the Tama river, Hachiko-Line, Hachioji, Japan, killing at least 105 people, injuring another 67. Caused by heavy rain and flood.
  • September 6, 1945 – According to Japanese Railroad Ministry and NHK radio report, a ShinjyukuMatsumoto local passenger train rammed safety catch point and crushing a locomotive and three passenger cars at Sasago switch back station, Otsuki, Yamanashi, Japan, in an incident caused by train driver is brake failure, at least sixty killed, injuring 91.
  • September 8, 1945 – Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales: An early morning mail train crashes after the adjacent canal flooded and washed away the track at Sun Bank, killing the driver and causing a fire.
  • November 18, 1945 – A commuter train from Sanda derailed at Kobe Electric railroad (Kobe Dentetsu) Line, Kobe, Japan, killing at least 45, injuring another 131.
  • January 28, 1946 – A commuter train crashed and derailed at safety catch point inside Tsurumaki station, Odakyu Line, Hadano, outskirt of Tokyo, Japan, killing at least 30, another 165 injured, in an incident caused by vandalism of a train appliance by passenger(s).
  • February 17, 1947 – Michigan City, Indiana, United States: A westbound Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad train strikes a bus carrying track workers. 13 are killed, 14 others injured.
  • February 18, 1947 – Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States: The Red Arrow, a Pennsylvania Railroad express passenger train, jumps off the track on the Bennington Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania and tumbles down a large hill. 24 killed, 131 injured.
  • 1947 - Litchfield, ?: the Green Diamond is traveling at 70 mph when it slams into the side of a coal train crossing the diamonds just out side of Litchfield, quite shockingly, no people were killed.
  • January 5, 1948 – An express commuter train derails due to excessive speed, at Meitetsu Seto Line, outskirt of Nagoya, Japan, killing at least 35 people and injuring another 154.
  • January 25, 1948 – Los Angeles, United States: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's Super Chief experiences brake failure arriving Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal and crashes through a bumper and concrete barrier at the end of track. The locomotive slides to the edge of the station retaining wall and comes to rest dangling 20 feet (6.1 m) above street level. No one is injured.
  • March 31, 1948 – During morning rush hour, an express commuter train collides with a local commuter train at Kawachi-Hanazono Station, Kintetsu Nara Line, Higashiōsaka, Japan, killing at least 49 people and injuring another 272. The cause was excessive speed by the express train driver.
  • October 22, 1949 – GdańskWarsaw express derailed at Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Poland, killing at least 200.

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