The Grayrigg derailment was a fatal railway accident that occurred at approximately 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. The train was reported to have been travelling at up to 95 mph (150 km/h) when it was derailed. 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.
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 rail 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
2007 Kerang train crash
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||Level crossing collision
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.