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Timeline: Rail crashes in the UK

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2004

7 November: The train crash on a level crossing in Berkshire joins a long list of fatal accidents to have blighted the UK's rail network over the past 50 years.Read More...

2003

7 July: A First Great Western train was involved in a collision with a minibus on a level crossing between Pershore and Evesham, Worcestershire. Three people in the minibus, all immigrant agricultural workers, died. Read More...

2002

10 May: Seven people were killed and over 70 injured when a WAGN service from London to King's Lynn crashed at Potters Bar, in Hertfordshire. Three of the four carriages derailed and one ploughed along the platform. Read More..

2001

28 February: A GNER train from York to London King's Cross crashed at Great Heck, north Yorkshire. A Land Rover, driven by Gary Hart, had slid down an embankment from the M62 into the path of the express train, which was derailed and then collided with a freight train. Hart was later jailed for five years for causing death by dangerous driving. Read More....

2000

17 October: Four people were killed and a further 35 hurt when a GNER London to Leeds train, travelling at over 100mph, derailed at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. A broken rail was found to be the "substantial" cause of the accident. Read More...

1999

5 October: Thirty-one people were killed when two trains collided at Ladbroke Grove, just outside Paddington station, in London, after one of them had gone through a red signal. Read More...

1997

19 September: A speeding express from Swansea to Paddington crashed into an empty freight train at Southall, killing seven people.

1996

8 August: One person was killed and 69 people were injured when a train collided with a stationary passenger train at Watford South Junction in Hertfordshire.

1995

31 January: A guard was killed and 30 other people injured in an accident at Aisgill on the Settle to Carlisle line.

1994

15 October: Five people were killed and 13 injured in a head-on crash after a train driver ran a red signal near Cowden, Kent.

1991

21 July: Four people died and 22 were hurt as two trains collided head on at Newton station, near Glasgow.

8 January: Two passengers died and more than 240 were injured when a train ran into buffers at London's Cannon Street station.

1990

August: A train driver was killed and 35 injured at Stafford station in a two-train crash.

1989

6 March: Two suburban electric trains in Glasgow collided head-on on a single track and two people died.

4 March: Five people died and more than 90 were injured when two trains collided outside Purley station, in south London.

1988

12 December: In the worst train accident of recent years, 35 people died at Clapham Junction in a rush-hour collision involving three trains.

November: A train driver was killed and 18 passengers hurt when a commuter train ploughed into a bridge after leaving the tracks at St. Helens, Merseyside.

1987

October: Four people died when a train fell into the swollen River Towy after a rail bridge collapsed.

1986

September: Sixty people were hurt and one killed in a collision between two express trains at Colwich, Staffordshire.

26 July: Nine people were killed and 11 injured when a passenger train hit a van on a level-crossing at Lockington, Yorkshire.

1984

December: Two people died and 77 were hurt when a passenger train hit a tanker train at Salford, Greater Manchester.

October: Three people were killed and 60 injured at Wembley, London, when a passenger train collided with a freight train.

July: Thirteen people were killed and 44 hurt in a derailment in Falkirk.

1979

October: Five people died and 52 were hurt when two passenger trains collided at Invergowrie.

April: A collision between two trains near Paisley left seven people dead and 67 hurt.

1975

June: Two trains, including the Euston to Glasgow sleeper service, collided at Nuneaton station, Warwickshire, killing six people and injuring 67.

1973

December: A train derailed in Ealing, west London, killing 10 people and injuring 94.

August: Five were killed and 50 hurt when an electric train hit a diesel train near Glasgow Central Station.

1969

May: Six people died and 121 were injured when a London-Aberdeen express derailed at Morpeth, in Northumberland.

1968

January: A packed passenger train crashed into a low-loader being driven across a level crossing, at Hixon, near Stafford, killing 11 people and seriously injuring 27.

1967

November: A derailment at Hither Green in south London killed 49 people and injured 78.

1957

December: A train ran through a red signal in the fog and collided with another train at Lewisham, south London, killing 90 people and injuring 173.

1952

12 October: When two express trains collided at Harrow and Wealdstone, in north west London, and a third train ran into the wreckage, 112 people were killed and 340 hurt. Read More...

1915

22 May: The UK's worst train crash was on 22 May 1915, when a wooden troop train and a passenger train collided at Quintinshill near Gretna Green, killing more than 200 people.


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