News - Crash




Contact the news and picture editor. Twitter feed    RSS Feed

Themes   COVID-19   ScotRail   Flooding   Caledonian MacBrayne   HS2   Brodie Engineering   Network Rail   West Highland Lines   Class 153   Derailment   Bikes   Landslide   Stornoway   PS Comet   Ullapool   Weather   Glasgow Queen Street High Level   Kyle Line   Carmont   Stonehaven derailment   Delay   Cairngorm Mountain Railway   Trespass   

A metro train that crashed through a barrier near Rotterdam is left suspended thanks to a sculpture.
(Permalink) Crash De Akkers Netherlands Rotterdam Spijkenisse Whale statue

A heritage railway train carrying 77 passengers collided with a car on a level crossing in Mid Wales. An investigation is underway after the incident which happened at around 11.45am on Thursday on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway line.
The 823 Countess locomotive was passing over the level crossing at Cyfronydd Station when it collided with a red Chevrolet car.
The driver of the car escaped unharmed, along with the 77 passengers and crew on board the train, however significant damage was caused to the car and the locomotive.
(Permalink) Crash Cyfronydd Level crossing

Thirty six people were killed and 50 injured after an express train derailed in south-east India on Saturday night in the latest disaster to hit one of the world’s largest rail networks.

Eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar express derailed at 11pm near Kuneru railway station in Vizianagram district of Andhra Pradesh state.

“The death toll has gone up to 36. It is a possibility that it may rise further,” said Anil Kumar Saxena, national railway spokesman.
(Permalink) Crash Derailment India

A German court has sentenced a train controller to three and a half years in jail over a rail disaster in Bavaria which killed 12 people and injured 89.
The 40-year-old defendant, named as Michael P, admitted making a signalling error and dialling the wrong emergency number. Two commuter trains collided near Bad Aibling in February.
The controller also admitted having played a computer game on his mobile phone just before the crash. [From Richard Buckby]
(Permalink) Crash

A Virgin Voyager train has hit a car at a level crossing in South Lanarkshire.
It is thought the train dragged the vehicle 80 yards during the incident at the Cleghorn level crossing, shortly before 7pm on Saturday.
Services in the area have seen major disruption, with trains through Carluke and Carstairs cancelled or delayed.
Eyewitnesses said the car turned on to the railway by accident, and the occupants were able to get out before it was hit.
There are no casualties and the train, which was bound for Glasgow from Preston, did not derail.
(Permalink) Crash


Cleghorn: Don't even think about it! A southbound Pendolino speeds south over Cleghorn level crossing near Lanark on 24 May 2007.
John Furnevel 24/05/2007


Cleghorn: Looking north over the level crossing at Cleghorn station on the WCML towards Glasgow around 1944. The station closed to passengers in January 1965.
Ian Steele Collection //1944

TEHRAN: The head of Iranian Railways resigned on Saturday after three of his employees were arrested over a collision between two trains that left at least 44 people dead.

Mohsen Poor-Seyed Aghaie, a deputy minister in the transport ministry and head of the state-owned railway company, appeared on state television late Saturday and announced his resignation “as a social responsibility and out of sympathy for the survivors of this accident”.

Two trains collided and one caught fire in the northern province of Semnan on Friday, killing 44 people and injuring dozens more, in one of the country’s worst ever rail disasters.
(Permalink) Crash Fire

The death toll following the derailment of a train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state has reached at least 115, with more than 150 injured, police say.
Fourteen carriages of the Indore-Patna Express derailed just after 03:00 local time on Sunday (21:30 GMT Saturday) near the city of Kanpur.
Rescuers are still trying to reach the injured and recover the dead from the twisted carriages.
The cause of the crash near the village of Pukhrayan is not yet known.
Fourteen carriages of the Indore-Patna Express derailed just after 03:00 local time on Sunday (21:30 GMT Saturday) near the city of Kanpur.
Rescuers are still trying to reach the injured and recover the dead from the twisted carriages.
The cause of the crash near the village of Pukhrayan is not yet known.
(Permalink) Crash Derailment India

The driver of a tram that crashed, killing seven people and injuring dozens more, is being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.
The 42-year-old, from Beckenham, was at the wheel when the vehicle derailed and toppled over in Croydon, south London, just after 06:00 GMT on Wednesday.
More than 50 people were injured and it is feared the death toll will rise.
Claims the tram was exceeding permitted speeds and that the driver may have fallen asleep are being investigated.
(Permalink) Crash

A commuter train has crashed into a rail station in the city of Hoboken, in the US state of New Jersey.
Eyewitnesses at the scene have reported casualties but the extent of injuries is unclear.
Emergency crews have arrived. Photos on social media show extensive damage to the train carriage and station.
A local radio station anchor said the train went through the station and ticket barriers and 'into the reception area'.
(Permalink) Crash

A giant, £2 million sculpture that looks like a train crash has been shortlisted to stand outside a Birmingham railway station.Battered engines lie on their side as if they have come off the rails in a terrible accident. And although the sculpture would be modelled in stone, they could look like they are covered in human skin.
Birmingham artist Roger Hiorns' creation is one of five vying for pride of place outside Curzon Street Station.
(Permalink) Crash

A station master in southern Italy has admitted he allowed a train to go on a single track, minutes before a deadly collision with an oncoming train.
Twenty-three people died and 52 others were hurt in the head-on crash on a single track between Andria and Corato in the Apulia region on Tuesday.
'I let the train go, I was the one who gave the signal,' Andria station master Vito Piccarreta told Italian media.
But he was adamant he was not the only one at fault.
Mr Piccarreta, a railway employee with 24 years of service, was quoted by La Stampa and other newspapers as saying: 'I'm not the only one at fault, everyone is blaming me. But I'm a victim too.'
(Permalink) Crash

A railway crash that caused a section of line to close for two weeks was caused by a train travelling at 23mph above the speed limit, a report has found.
The crash between a moving and stationary freight train involved 18 wagons and a locomotive derailing at a work site near Logan in East Ayrshire on August 1, 2015.
There were no injuries but the trains and track suffered 'substantial' damage and a minor road was blocked by one of the wagons.
The line between Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, and Dumfries was closed for a fortnight while a crane removed the wreckage from the scene.
(Permalink) Crash

Twenty-three people have been killed and dozens hurt in a head-on collision involving two passenger trains in southern Italy, officials say.
The two trains were on a single-track line at the time of the crash, between the coastal towns of Bari and Barletta.
The emergency services have been trying to free passengers from the shattered carriages, near the town of Andria.
(Permalink) Crash

At least three people have been killed and nine injured in a train crash in the Belgian town of Hermalle-sous-Huy, near Liege, reports say.
A passenger train crashed into the back of a goods train at high speed at about 23:00 (21:00 GMT), said Belgium's rail infrastructure manager, Infrabel.
The two trains were on the same track, a spokesman for Infrabel said.
A local mayor said the passenger train was in a terrible state and it was fortunate there were no more victims.
Francis Dejon, major of Saint-Georges-Sur-Meuse province, said the front carriage of the passenger train had completely folded back on itself.
(Permalink) Crash

A lorry has crashed into a railway bridge emblazoned with 'low bridge' warning signs in London.
The crash happened on the A205 South Circular in Tulse Hill, Lambeth, on Wednesday morning.
The driver was treated by paramedics after suffering a hand injury, police said.
Southern Railway said lorries hit the bridge roughly twice every month, causing cancellations and severe delays.
(Permalink) Crash Southern Railway


Port Vendre: It is often said that the road loading gauge benefits road hauliers over rail but this is not the case a short distance south of Port Vendres, on the road to Banyuls sur Mer, as signified by the tight clearance for the standard height road tractor and trailer unit seen heading south through the single track underbridge below the SNCF coast line from Perpignan to Cerbere; which then crosses the border to Portbou in Spain, and continues to Barcelona under Renfe.
David Pesterfield 07/08/2015


Dumbarton East: Mind your Heads! Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway. Low bridge over Castlegreen Street, Dumbarton.
Alistair MacKenzie 18/08/2007


Brock: Badger Bridge was a well known WCML spotting location in steam days as it overlooked Brock water troughs. The badger is the emblem of the Fitzherbert-Brockholes family from nearby Claughton Hall. Less well known is this low bridge carrying the main line over Stubbins Lane, a little further north, but which also has four badger emblems on each side.
Mark Bartlett 09/09/2010

Authorities have arrested a rail dispatcher in Germany after accusing him of allowing a fatal collision to happen because he was distracted by a video game. The crash killed 11 people in February. [From Richard Buckby]
(Permalink) Crash

Between 15 and 20 people are thought to have been injured when two trains collided at a railway station.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the crash at Plymouth Railway Station was a 'low impact collision' and they were not aware of any serious injuries.
Emergency services were called to the scene at about 15:35 BST on Sunday.
Some of the casualties would be going to Derriford Hospital, South Western Ambulance said.
(Permalink) Crash

This is all that’s left of a Mountain Railway tramcar after it ran away from Snaefell summit.
Tramcar number 3 had been parked just short of the summit station this afternoon when it ran away out of control and crashed north of Bungalow station.


(Permalink) Crash

A car has been shunted several feet down the track in a crash with a tram.
The collision involving a Midland Metro tram happened at the station in Bilston Road in Ettingshall, Wolverhampton, at about 16:00 BST on Sunday.
The car driver, a man in his 60s, was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Midland Metro said: 'The incident happened at the Priestfield tram stop car park. Emergency services were called and the full service was later resumed at around 17:30 BST.' [From Mark Bartlett]
(Permalink) Crash


Wolverhampton St. Georges: Midland Metro tram 04 arrives at the Wolverhampton St. Georges terminus on an early evening service from Birmingham Snow Hill in June 2011. Although the station was built for two track working, and a possible extension, all trams arrive and depart from the same platform. Most of the route follows the old GWR main line except for a short street running section from Priestfield to the Wolverhampton terminus. See image [[34444]]
Mark Bartlett 08/06/2011

A LARGE goods vehicle carrying a steam locomotive on its trailer has crashed on the M5 northbound near junction four in Bromsgrove.
Hereford and Worcester Fire Control were called at 4.46pm on Monday, March 21.

Share article

One fire crew from Bromsgrove and two from Droitwich rushed to the scene and made the vehicle safe upon arrival.
The incident was left with High Ways’ specialist recovery agency. [From Richard Buckby]
(Permalink) Crash

Human error by a train controller was to blame for a crash in Bavaria, Germany, last week that killed 11 people, prosecutors said.
Dozens more were injured after two commuter trains collided on a single-track stretch of railway.
An area controller opened the track to the two trains and tried to warn the drivers, according to the prosecutors.
The man, a 39-year-old, is likely to be charged with involuntary manslaughter and could face five years in jail.
(Permalink) Crash

A French high-speed train that derailed on a test run in November - killing 11 - was operating at 'massively excessive speed', according to the investigation.
The train was on a test run back in mid-November last year when it flew off the rails at a bridge, crashing into the canal below. [From Richard Buckby]
(Permalink) Crash

German police have rejected as speculation a report that a line controller turned off an automatic safety system shortly before two passenger trains collided in Bavaria.
Ten people were killed and scores more were injured, 18 seriously.
An unconfirmed report suggested that an automatic braking system had been switched off to allow one of the trains to make up time.
But a police spokesman rejected the theory as 'pure speculation'.
'Discard that, we reject that,' a spokesman told local broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.
(Permalink) Crash

Two passenger trains have collided in the German state of Bavaria, with police saying several people have been killed and scores injured.
The head-on crash happened at Bad Aibling, a spa town about 60km (37 miles) south-east of Munich.
One of the trains was derailed in the crash and several carriages were overturned, German media reported.
Police said rescue teams were trying to free people still trapped in the wreckage.
(Permalink) Crash

A high-speed TGV train has derailed near the eastern French city of Strasbourg, killing at least seven people, officials say.
The crash happened during a test run in the town of Eckwersheim, on a new Paris-Strasbourg line.
Reports say technicians were on board the train and seven people were injured.
The injured have been taken to hospital by helicopters.
The AFP news agency quotes the Alsace regional prefecture as saying the derailment happened due to 'excessive speed'.
Pictures later showed the locomotive partly submerged in a canal alongside the track. Wreckage was also scattered in a field beside the track.
Rescue teams - including divers - are working at the scene.
(Permalink) Crash Derailment SNCF TGV

Rail travel between Glasgow and Dumfries could be disrupted for two weeks after a crash between two trains during engineering work at the weekend.
The track was damaged at Logan, just east of Cumnock in Ayrshire, when the trains carrying ballast collided and wagons were derailed on Saturday.
Scotrail said a replacement bus service would be running between Dumfries and Kilmarnock.
Network Rail said it could take 10 days to move the derailed wagons.
It will also take about three days to repair the damaged track after the wagons are removed.
(Permalink) Crash Cumnock Derailment Logan ScotRail

Two freight trains collided during engineering work on the track near Cumnock in Ayrshire, Network Rail has said.
No-one was injured in the incident which took place at about 11:20 on Saturday but a number of wagons derailed and the track was damaged.
(Permalink) Crash Network Rail

A memorial service has been held at Gretna Green for the victims of Britain's worst rail disaster.
More than 200 people died when three trains crashed at Quintinshill in Dumfries and Galloway on 22 May 1915.
One of the trains was a World War One troop transport carrying hundreds of Scottish soldiers who were bound for Gallipoli.
(Permalink) Crash Quintinshill


Gretna [CR]: The former Gretna station...and the spot where, one fateful May morning in 1915, signalman James Tinsley boarded the local to ride up to Quintinshill to start his shift.
John Furnevel 03/08/2007


Quintinshill Loops: Bridge 32 overlooks the site of the Quintinshill disaster. A memorial was unveiled at 3pm this afternoon by the late Denis Muir's daughter. A hymn, a prayer and a minute's silence were followed by a lament - the Flowers of the Forest. A moving ceremony.
Bruce McCartney 26/09/2010


Quintinshill Loops: Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 no 92233 powers a freight north past the loops at Quintinshill in November 1964 as the signalman looks out from the open window of Quintinshill signal box.
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 28/11/1964

An unmanned train ran for more than a mile before crashing into coaches on a heritage railway in Leicestershire, rail accident investigators have said.
The report said no one was injured but damage was sustained by the vehicles during the collision on the Great Central Railway, in Quorn, in May 2014.
The engine's handbrakes were not applied and the coach was not secured with brakes, the investigation found.
The Great Central Railway (GCR) said it had since reinforced its procedures.
(Permalink) Crash

A train hit the trailer of a tractor Saturday at a road crossing in western Germany, killing the train driver and one passenger and injuring at least 20 others, police said.
Police spokesman Jochen Laschke said a regional train heading to the small town of Ibbenbueren from the city of Osnabrueck collided with the trailer of a farmer's tractor that was loaded with a tank full of manure. Laschke said the accident took place in a rural area near Ibbenbueren, 440 kilometers (275 miles) west of Berlin.
Three of those injured were in severe condition, police said.
(Permalink) Crash

A senior retired army officer has said some soldiers were 'probably' shot in mercy killings after Britain's deadliest rail disaster, 100 years ago during World War One.
The crash, at Quintinshill near Gretna, involved a military train filled with troops - most of them from Leith - two passenger trains and two goods trains.
It claimed an estimated 228 lives and left hundreds more injured.
There are no official army accounts of the alleged shootings on 22 May 1915.
(Permalink) Crash Quintinshill


Larbert: Plaque at Larbert station commemorating those who left on the troop train for Liverpool docks bound for Gallipoli in the early hours of 22nd May 1915 only to perish later that morning at Quintinshill. See image [[4099]]
John Furnevel 25/05/2005


Quintinshill Loops: The signal box at Quintinshill in 1970, seen from a passing southbound train.
John McIntyre 19/05/1970


Quintinshill Loops: Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 no 92233 powers a freight north past the loops at Quintinshill in November 1964 as the signalman looks out from the open window of Quintinshill signal box.
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 28/11/1964

A passenger train has derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least five people and injuring dozens of others, officials in the US city say.
Up to 10 carriages of the Washington-New York Amtrak service went off the track on Tuesday evening.
Emergency officials and fire-fighters are at the scene looking for passengers who may be trapped in the wreckage.
More than 240 people were on board Train 188, the officials say. It is not known what caused the derailment.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was dispatching a team of investigators to the crash site.
(Permalink) Amtrak Crash Derailment

There has not been much about it in the media, but at the beginning of March Britain was less than a minute away from what might have been one of the country's worst train crashes.
In euphemistic railway speak, it was ranked as a 25 SPAD at SN45.
To you and me, a charter steam train carrying hundreds of leisure passengers ran through a red light approaching a junction on a main line, about a minute after an express train had gone through at about 70mph.
(Permalink) Crash


Pleasington: Heading west and with the evening sun illuminating the smokebox, ex Southern Railway Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' class pacific No. 34067 Tangmere makes a fine sight passing through Pleasington station at speed on 12 April 2012 on the return leg of the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'.
John McIntyre 12/04/2012


Gloucester : Bulleid Battle of Britain Pacific no 34067 Tangmere waits to depart from Gloucester for Cardiff on 21 April 2013 - day 2 of the Great Britain VI 9 day mega tour.
Michael Gibb 21/04/2013


Avoncliff: Bulleid unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Pacific no 34067 'Tangmere' passing Avoncliff Station on the Bath to Westbury line on 19 August 2012 with 'The Weymouth Seaside Express'.
Peter Todd 19/08/2012

A mistake by a train driver has been blamed for a rail crash that demolished closed level crossing gates in a Norfolk village.
A train cleaning leaves from the line between Norwich and Great Yarmouth ignored warnings and hit the gates in Lingwood on 31 October 2014.
Network Rail said both gates were 'struck, damaged and removed by the impact' but no-one was injured.
Direct Rail Services said it had 're-briefed and retrained' the driver.
(Permalink) Crash Network Rail


Lingwood: Platform scene at Lingwood station, Norfolk, on the line between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, on a warm summer's day in June 2010. The view is east towards the level crossing over Station Road.
Ian Dinmore /06/2010

High winds blew a container off a freight train travelling at 75mph (120km/h), investigators have said.
The empty 30ft (9m) cargo crashed through trees and a wall on an embankment near Scout Green, Cumbria.
No-one was injured but the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the potential for more serious consequences was evident.
There were 62mph (99km/h) cross winds when the container fell on on 7 March, investigators said.
(Permalink) Crash RAIB

Two West Virginia towns have been evacuated after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames.
Local websites published images of large flames and a thick plume of black smoke near a partly frozen river.
At least 14 cars were affected and one plunged into the Kanawha River, state officials said. [From various contibutors]
(Permalink) Crash

A series of events will mark the 100th anniversary of the UK's worst rail disaster later this year.
A total of 227 people died when three trains crashed at Quintinshill Bridge near Gretna Green on 22 May 1915.
Plans have been drawn up to open a new roll of honour at Gretna Old Church and to plant a commemorative tree at Gretna Green war memorial.
A descendent of one of the survivors is expected to lay a wreath at the bridge.
(Permalink) Crash Quintinshill


Gretna [CR]: The former Gretna station...and the spot where, one fateful May morning in 1915, signalman James Tinsley boarded the local to ride up to Quintinshill to start his shift.
John Furnevel 03/08/2007


Quintinshill Loops: Bridge 32 overlooks the site of the Quintinshill disaster. A memorial was unveiled at 3pm this afternoon by the late Denis Muir's daughter. A hymn, a prayer and a minute's silence were followed by a lament - the Flowers of the Forest. A moving ceremony.
Bruce McCartney 26/09/2010


Quintinshill Loops: Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 no 92233 powers a freight north past the loops at Quintinshill in November 1964 as the signalman looks out from the open window of Quintinshill signal box.
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 28/11/1964

Network Rail has been blamed for putting 200 passengers' lives at risk when a high-speed Heathrow Express train crashed into engineering equipment left on the tracks by its employees.
The morning service from Heathrow to Paddington slammed into a heavy metal trolley close to Stockley junction shortly after 10am yesterday.
Network Rail workers took nearly three hours to restore the service after the mangled trolley was stuck under the front of the train.
(Permalink) Crash Network Rail


Stockley Park: A train loading at the Hanson Stockley Park facility near West Drayton on 20 July 2005. View north west from the window of a Paddington bound Heathrow Express on the flyover spanning the GW main line at Stockley Junction.
John Furnevel 20/07/2005


Paddington: Heathrow Express 332010 in Vodaphone advertising livery at Paddington on 25 July.
Bill Roberton 25/07/2014


West Ealing Junction: A Heathrow Express bound for Paddington runs past the camera towards West Ealing station on 4 June 2011. On the far left is the Greenford line.
John McIntyre 04/06/2011

A train used for clearing leaves off the line has crashed through a level-crossing in Norfolk.
The rail-head treatment unit 'went through the barrier' at Lingwood station about 14:20 GMT, said Network Rail. There are no reports of injuries.
The barriers were closed on Station Road in the village to allow traffic across the line when the train hit.
Services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth are being diverted through Reepham, said Greater Anglia
(Permalink) Crash Network Rail


Lingwood: Platform scene at Lingwood station, Norfolk, on the line between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, on a warm summer's day in June 2010. The view is east towards the level crossing over Station Road.
Ian Dinmore /06/2010

Dozens of people have been injured in a train collision in southern France, according to media reports.
A high-speed TGV train on the Pau-Bayonne line was transporting 178 people when it crashed into a regional TER train carrying 70 passengers.
Initial reports indicate the TGV train was stopped on the tracks and restarting when the crash occurred near the town of Denguin.
At least 25 people were reported injured, nine of them seriously.
(Permalink) Crash

An accident where a rail worker was badly hurt by a runaway maintenance vehicle has been blamed on operator failure and brake design flaws.
The road rail vehicle (RRV) ran away as it was being transferred to the tracks in Glasgow on 21 April last year.
It crashed through scaffolding, injuring a worker, before coming to a stop at Queen Street Station
(Permalink) Crash

Russian investigators have announced the arrest of two Moscow metro workers for safety breaches after a train derailed, killing 21 people.
The railway foreman and his assistant are suspected of using inadequate wiring during works on the line in May, the Investigative Committee said.
They have been questioned and charges are expected to be brought soon, it said in a statement (in Russian).
A power surge is said to have caused the crash, which injured 162 people.
(Permalink) Crash

The death toll in Tuesday's derailment on the Moscow metro now stands at 21, the Russian health ministry says.
Scores were injured, some seriously, when a packed commuter train braked abruptly between stations in the west of the city in the morning rush hour.
Some of those hurt were carried out of the tunnel on stretchers, with the most serious cases airlifted to hospital.
The cause of the crash - one of the worst incidents ever on the metro - is reported to be a power surge.
(Permalink) Crash Derailment Moscow Metro Russia

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published a report into its preliminary examination of the crash, which took place at around 12.35pm on Monday, May 12.
(Permalink) Crash RAIB


Loughborough Central: General view of the GCR facilities at Loughborough on 6 October 2011 with ex-SDJR No 88 standing on the left alongside the water tower.
Peter Todd 05/10/2011


Quorn and Woodhouse: The Great Central station at Quorn and Woodhouse in 2004.
Ian Dinmore //2004

A man has died after his car was hit by a rush-hour train on a rail crossing in North Yorkshire.
The crash near the village of Rillington, near Malton, involved a First TransPennine Express train, which was travelling from Scarborough to Liverpool Lime Street at the time.
(Permalink) Crash Level crossing Rillington

KML version