Train wrecks and derailments of 2007

The Grayrigg derailment was a fatal railway accident that occurred at approximatelygrayrigg-derailment-1.jpg 20:15 GMT on 23 February 2007, just to the south of Grayrigg, Cumbria, in north-west England. The initial conclusion of the accident investigation is that the derailment was caused by a faulty set of points , controlled from Lambrigg ground frame. The scheduled inspection on 18 February did not take place, and enquiries are continuing to establish why the faults were undetected

Train 1S83, the 17:15 Virgin West Coast Pendolino West Coast Main Line service from London Euston to Glasgow Central, a limited stop Pendolino Primo train, was derailed by a defective set of points.[2] The train was reported to have been travelling at up to 95 mph (150 km/h) when it was derailed.[1] The train, consisting of unit 390 033 “City of Glasgow”, which was constructed at Washwood Heath, Birmingham in 2002, had nine carriages and carried 111 passengers and four members of staff.[3]

Passengers said that the carriages of the train began rocking and swaying very badly before the train crashed. The train was reported as being evacuated at around midnight. Emergency crews scanned the train with thermal imagery equipment to make sure there was no one still inside. Up to 500 rescuers attended the scene, and at least 12 ambulances and at least five fire engines, three Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters, three civilian mountain rescue teams plus RAF Leeming Mountain Rescue Team, and one Merseyside Police helicopter. The rescue operation was impeded by rain, darkness, and access problems because access was narrow country lanes and then across muddy fields. Emergency vehicles experienced difficult conditions, needing to be towed by farm vehicles or tractors after becoming bogged down in mud.

Cumbria Ambulance Service initially reported that the train was six carriages long and that the second carriage had slipped down an embankment, with the carriage trapping up to eight people. Later, a BBC News reporter at the scene reported that all but one carriage had been overturned.

Live BBC TV coverage at 08:15 next morning showed that although the whole train had been derailed, the rear carriages still standing nearly vertical on the sleepers and ballast. Standard class, the front five carriages, was the worst affected, and with four rear First Class carriages was least affected. The leading carriage, a driving motor coach, had headed down the embankment, and turned end-for-end as it fell. It was lying on its side at the foot of the embankment. The second carriage had jack-knifed against the first, breaking the coupling, and so had not followed it down the bank. This second carriage came to rest some distance further along the track, at a steep angle with one end in the air. The middle part of the train toppled sideways down the embankment. All the carriages stayed structurally intact, with damage mainly confined to the crumple zones at their ends. Most injuries occurred in the front two carriages. The driver, who had stayed at the controls, was trapped for around an hour while specialist cutting equipment was used to free him from his cab.

The other three of the four train crew were in the rear First Class section of the train.

The area near the accident, south of Tebay in Cumbria, is near the scene of a fatal railDocker Viaduct carrying the West Coast Main Line near the site of the accident accident on 15 February 2004, when four rail workers were killed by a runaway track maintenance trailer.There was also a collision accident there on 18 May 1947

Date and time: 23 February 2007, 20:15 GMT
Location: Grayrigg, near Kendal, Cumbria

Rail line: West Coast Main Line
Cause Condition of points
Passengers: 111
Deaths: 1
Injuries: 22

2007 Kerang train crash

From Wikipedia


Map showing the location of the collision (circled).
Date and time: 5 June 2007
Location: Kerang, Victoria
Cause Level crossing collision
Statistics
Trains: 1
Passengers: 36
Deaths: 11
Injuries: 23
The Kerang train collision

on 5 June 2007 at about 1:40 pm AEST in the Australian state of Victoria, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north of the town of Kerang in the state’s northwest, and about 285 kilometres (177 mi) northwest of the city of Melbourne. V/Line passenger train service 8042 which consisted of locomotive N460 and carriage set N7 and a northbound semi-trailer truck collided at a level crossing where the Swan Hill railway line crosses the Murray Valley Highway. Victoria Police confirmed that 11 people were killed and 23 injured in the crash. As of 11:00 am on the 6th of June, two passengers remained unaccounted for.The site was visited on the evening of 5 June by the Premier of Victoria, Steve Bracks, who called it a “horrific scene”

The train involved in the accident was a locomotive-hauled service from Swan Hill that departed for Melbourne at 1:00pm. The collision caused the closure of nearby sections of the Murray Valley Highway

The Mehrabpur train derailment

fatal railway accident that occurred shortly after 02:00 local time on 19 December 2007 near the town of Mehrabpur in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

The train was an express service from Karachi to Lahore, and was packed with passengers returning home for the Eid ul-Adha Islamic holiday. At around 2:25 a.m. local time, fourteen of the train’s sixteen carriages left the tracks, some being mangled by the crash, others simply sliding down an embankment into the water.

Sabotage and terrorism were ruled out as the reason for the crash, with officials believing a faulty track was the cause of the derailment. The death toll was initially estimated as at least 56 people, but Junaid Qureshi, director of operations for the state-run Pakistan Railways, later lowered the official estimate to 40 deaths and 269 injuries.

Among local people and those who were traveling through accident area, opinions about the number of deceased is much higher, estimated between 400 and 800 dead (with an average of around 500) and over a thousand injured. This is based upon the fact that 14 bogies were almost completely wrecked, and only two of the carriages were left more or less intact, with others being severely damaged.

Given that the accident took place in the holiday period, practically all the seats and sleepers were occupied, bringing the number of people in one carriage close to 80, therefore justifying higher estimation.

Top 5 worst air disasters in history

These are the top 5 worst plane wrecks of all time.

#1? well you may have guessed this one.

#1 9/11 terrorist hijacking. The known casualty count is at almost 3000 people here that were killed either in the plane or on the ground – 2907 dead from known reports

Date: September 11, 2001
Location: New York, NY
New York, NY
Arlington, Virginia
Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Aircraft: Boeing 767-223ER
Boeing B-767-222
Boeing B-757-223
Boeing B-757-222
Reg: N334AA
N612UA
N644AA
N591UA
Airline: American Airlines
United Airlines
American Airlines
United Airlines
Flight No: 11
175
77
93
Fatalities: 265 : 265 +2583

American Airlines, Flight 11, a Boeing 767, Boston to Los Angeles, hits the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th.

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United Airlines, Flight 175, a Boeing 767, on a scheduled flight from Boston to Los Angeles, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

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American Airlines, Flight 77, a Boeing 757, Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, moments after crashing into the Pentagon.

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Wreckage of United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757, Newark to San Francisco, crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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#2 Pan Am B747 in 1977 Tenerife, Canary Islands – 583 dead

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The remains of a Pan Am B747 (top) and KLM B747 (bottom) in Tenerife, Canary Islands in the second worst aviation disaster in history, which killed a total of 583 people. The KLM 747 collided with a Pan Am 747 after the captain of the KLM plane started his takeoff roll without clearance.

#3

Date: August 12, 1985
Location: Mt. Osutaka, near Ueno Village, Japan
Aircraft: Boeing B-747-SR46
Reg: JA8119
Airline: Japan Air Lines
Flight No: 123
Fatalities: 524 : 520
The wreckage of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 that crashed on Mt. Osutaka, Japan. Five-hundred twenty people out of 524 aboard were killed. Improper repairs by Boeing after a tail strike 7 years earlier, led to a rupture of the pressure bulkhead and loss of all controls.

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#4

Date: November 12, 1996
Location: Near Charkhidadri, India
Aircraft: Boeing B-747-168B / Ilyushin IL-76TD
Reg: HZ-AIH / UN-76435
Airline: Saudi Arabian Airlines / Kazastan Airlines
Flight No: 763 / 1907
Fatalities: 349 : 349
The remains of a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 after a midair collision with a Kazastan Airlines Ilyushin 76 over New Delhi, India resulting in the loss of 349 lives. Reports vary but a misunderstanding of directions between the ATC and the Ilyushin 76 plane seems to have led to the accident.

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#5

Date: March 03, 1974
Location: Near Ermenonville, France
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Reg: TC-JAV
Airline: Turkish Airlines
Flight No: 981
Fatalities: 346 : 346

Not many pieces of wreckage larger than 3 feet long could be found after a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed into a forest at a high rate of speed at Ermenonville, France. A defective latching mechanism on the cargo door caused it to fail in flight resulting in decompression and loss of all hydraulic control

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Poor Moose – Another huge Moose mowed over

Moose mowed over by car, or car mowed over by Moose, neither one fared too well in this encounter.

South River is approximately 40 miles South of North Bay in Ontario. Apparently there are many moose over there and a few are either not too bright or kinda slow.

You would think this kind of thing… yes, moose slams into car… does not happen often, but this is the second post I have done about the subject.

moose mows over car in a serios car wreck

So here is what they say happened.. The Moose went right through the windshield and half out the back…trapping the women underneath it!! Crazy eh? That happened just north of South River…While I was on the phone with the guy reporting it, he says its dead..then all of a sudden he says oh oh its still alive….then he shouts does anyone have a shotgun!!! Can you imagine..trying to shoot the moose with the women underneath!! Quite the call I tell ya! The lucky woman driver ended up with a broken wrist and needed a good bath. The moose’s insides were all over her.

Yikes, amazing and so, so, sad at the same time.

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moose involved in auto accident

So why did the Moose cross the Road? well apparently to get to the lady moose on the other dfw_moose_news.jpgside and we know how blinding lust can be.

From an article about the issue of Moose vs. Cars

Hitting a moose with a car is dangerous and the results can be tragic. In September and October, when a cow comes into her breeding cycle there is virtually nothing that can keep an amorous suitor away. Problems arise when this game of “catch me if you can” take moose into residential areas or across major highways. Similarly, in the spring when yearling moose are trying to find a new territory, moose sightings on roads and highways are more frequent. Because they have no predators, moose can be oblivious to the potential dangers posed by cars, trucks, buses and trains and most people are unaware of the number of moose in our midst.

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