Train wreck historical timeline 1950 to 2000

This train crash timeline is taken from the wikipedia page



this is the wikipedia timeline of train wrecks from the 50’s to present time


  • Flag of the United States February 17, 1950 – Rockville Centre, New York, United States: a head-on collision between two Long Island Rail Road commuter trains kills 32 and injures 158.
  • Flag of Canada March 18, 1950 – Ashton, Ontario, Canada: Wind blows smoke and freshly fallen snow to obscure the headlight on a Canadian Pacific Railway passenger train doing switching maneuvers at Ashton; the apparently blinking light is misinterpreted as a clear signal by the engineer of an opposing train who throttles up and runs into passenger cars that were still standing on the mainline.[1]
  • Flag of Wales August 27, 1950 – Penmaenmawr, Caernarfonshire, Wales. The Irish Mail train, en-route from the port of Holyhead, crashed into another engine killing six passengers. A human signalling error was to blame.
  • Flag of Norway November 15, 1950 – Hjuksebø train disaster, Hjuksebø, Norway: Four goods cars get loose during shunting and crash with an express train on the Sørlandsbanen line. 15 killed.
  • Flag of Canada November 21, 1950 – Canoe River, British Columbia, Canada: A Canadian National Railway train carrying Korea-bound troops is given incorrect orders and collides with a passenger train, killing 21, including 17 soldiers.
  • Flag of the United States November 22, 1950 – Richmond Hill, New York, United States: a collision between two Long Island Rail Road commuter trains kills 79, hundreds injured.
  • Flag of Czechoslovakia December 21, 1950 – Podivín, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): A passenger train collided with a bus at level crossing. 34 killed, 56 injured.


  • Flag of the United States February 6, 1951 – Woodbridge, New Jersey, United States: The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train, derails, killing 85 people and injuring over 500.
  • Flag of the Czech Republic July 22, 1951 – Tatranská Lomnica, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia): In the Slovakian Tatra Mountains (Vysoké Tatry), two ČSD electric mountain trains collide. 19 are killed. A similar crash had occurred 1895 in the same place.[2]
  • Flag of Hungary August 18, 1951 – Székesfehérvár, Hungary: A fast train ran into the end of a local commuter train. 6 people died in the accident (also a conductor), and 3 more after transfer to hospital. 28 passengers injured.
  • Flag of Hungary August 18, 1951 – Debrecen, Hungary: A passenger train heading for Tiszalök collided with a shunting DMU. 11 passengers died due to the wooden-frame coaches.


  • Flag of England October 8, 1952 – Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash, United Kingdom: Three trains are involved in a crash that kills 112 and injures 340. A rear-end collision due to a driver passing a signal at danger in fog is immediately followed by another express running into the wreckage.
  • Flag of Czechoslovakia August 26, 1952 – Suchdol nad Odrou, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): A fast train derails, killing 12 and injuring 108.
  • Flag of Hungary December 26, 1952 – Budapest, Hungary: A local train from Szentendre derails due to a faulty switch killing 26 and injuring 57. The switch attendant was executed on the same day.


  • Flag of the United States January 15, 1953 – Washington, DC, United States: Approaching Union Station, the brakes partially fail on the Pennsylvania Railroad Federal Express overnight train from Boston. Unable to stop, the train careened through the interlocking, barreled down a station stub, plowed through the end-of-stub bumper and smashed its way into the station, destroying the main newsstand and the stationmaster’s office. The massive GG-1 electric locomotive pulling the train collapsed the concourse floor and fell into the basement. Amazingly, nobody was killed in the accident. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inauguration was scheduled the following week, leaving insufficient time to extricate the locomotive. So the basement was planked over for the celebration week. After the inaugural festivities had concluded, the unit was cut up into three pieces, hauled to Altoona, Pennsylvania where it had been built, and welded back together to serve for another three decades. GG-1 No. 4876 is in the collection of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.[3]
  • Flag of the United States March 27, 1953 – Conneaut, Ohio, United States: Three New York Central trains tangle near Conneaut on the four-track mainline on the night of March 27. Twenty-one passengers die. Cause is found to be an improperly secured gondola load – a section of thirteen-inch pipe fell from a freight car onto the adjacent track, getting struck by a passenger train.
  • Flag of Australia December 19, 1953 – Sydenham Rail Disaster, Australia: a passenger train of the New South Wales Railways runs into the rear of another train. Five people are killed and 748 injured.
  • Flag of the Czech Republic December 24, 1953 – Šakvice train disaster, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): Express train whose crew fell asleep after several bottles of wine hits commuter train at a station, killing 106.
  • Flag of New Zealand December 24, 1953 – New Zealand: Tangiwai disaster; the Tangiwai railway bridge over the Whangaehu River collapses as the overnight express train between Wellington and Auckland passes over it; the bridge supports had been weakened by a lahar (a volcanic ash and debris filled flash flood) a few minutes before the train passed. 151 people are killed.

1954 safe for trains it seems


  • Flag of England January 23, 1955 – Sutton Coldfield train disaster, England: a passenger train rounds a sharp curve too fast and derails at Sutton Coldfield station; 17 people die as a result.
  • Flag of Mexico April 3, 1955 – Guadalajara, Mexico: a train falls into a canyon. 300 killed.
  • Flag of the United States August 22, 1955 – Spring City Train Disaster, Spring City, Tennessee, United States: School bus disregards crossing signal and is struck by freight train. 11 dead, 39 hurt; all the dead are school children.
  • Flag of England November 20, 1955 – Milton rail crash: a passenger train takes a crossover too fast and derails at Milton, near Didcot, England. 11 killed, 157 injured.
  • Flag of England December 2, 1955 – Barnes rail crash, Barnes, South London, England: collision due to signal error and consequent fire. 13 killed, 35 injured.


  • Flag of the United States September 5, 1956 – near Robinson, New Mexico, United States: Two Santa Fe express passenger trains collide when a railroad worker prematurely throws a switch directly in front of one of the trains. 20 railroad employees, mostly dining car personnel, are killed.[4]


  • Flag of Finland March 15, 1957 – near Kuurila, Finland: An overnight passenger train collides head-on with an express train. 26 are killed and 60 injured in Finland’s worst peace-time train crash.
  • Flag of Czechoslovakia April 27, 1957 – Bylnice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): A carriage packed with wood ran away during shunting from Brumov station and collided with a passenger train carrying 20 people. 10 killed, 4 injured, 6 left unharmed.
  • Flag of Jamaica Jamaica Sept 1, 1957 – Manchester, Jamaica, British West Indies: Chartered train returning to Kingston from Montego Bay derails, killing 197 and injuring more than 700.
  • Flag of Pakistan September 29, 1957 – Montgomery, Pakistan: An express train crashes into an oil train. 250 killed.
  • Flag of England December 6, 1957 – Lewisham rail crash, England: A steam train passes a red signal in the fog and ploughs into the back of an electric train. The crash also destroys a support column of a railway bridge, causing parts of the bridge to collapse onto the wreck. 90 people are killed.

[edit] 1958

  • Flag of Germany September 14, 1958 – Drachenfels Railway, Königswinter, Germany: A rack railway train derails, killing 17.
  • Flag of the United States September 15, 1958 – Newark Bay rail crash, Newark Bay, New Jersey, United States: A Central Railroad of New Jersey morning commuter train blows through stop signals, derails, then slides off of the open drawspan. Both diesels and first two coaches plunge into Newark Bay and sink immediately, 48 drown. A third coach hangs precariously out the drawbridge for two hours, snagged by its rear truck before it, too, topples into the water. As the whole operating crew was killed, no absolute determination for the accident was reached, but a medical emergency in the cab was theorized.

[edit] 1959

  • Flag of the United States June 28, 1959 – Meldrim, Georgia, United States: Tank cars carrying butane derail atop a wooden trestle owned by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. The resulting explosion and fire kills 23 persons.[5]



  • Flag of the United States March 1, 1960 – Rosedale, California, United States: An Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway passenger train strikes a heavy tanker truck carrying a large quantity crude oil at a grade crossing and derails. The wreckage immediately ignites and fourteen perish in the inferno.
  • Flag of the German Democratic Republic May 15, 1960 – Leipzig, East Germany: Two local trains collide in Leipzig central station due to a dispatcher error. 54 die, 200 are injured.[6]
  • Flag of the Czech Republic November 16, 1960 – Stéblová train disaster, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): 118 are killed and 110 injured in a head-on collision.


  • Flag of Czechoslovakia August 27, 1961 – Vrbno pod Pradědem, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): Three freight carriages which ran away during shunting collided with a passenger train. 19 killed, 17 injured.
  • Flag of the United States December 14, 1961 – Auburn, Colorado, United States: An Union Pacific passenger train in route to Denver collides with a school bus carrying 36 children bound for Delta and Arlington elementary schools, Meeker Junior High, and Greeley High. 20 of the children were killed, 16 children and the driver survived.[7]


  • Flag of the Netherlands January 8, 1962 – Harmelen, The Netherlands: The Harmelen train disaster, the worst railway accident in the history of The Netherlands, occurs when one passenger train driver misses a warning signal in fog and passes a red signal to collide nearly head-on with another passenger train. 91 people (including both drivers) die, 54 are injured of which 2 lost their lives while in hospital.[8]
  • Flag of Japan May 3, 1962 – Tokyo, Japan: three-train collision at Mikawashima Station, 160 killed.
  • Flag of Hungary August 17, 1962 – Tiszatenyő, Hungary: Fast train no. 6601 derails at the tight curve after the station due to speeding, the loco falls down from the embankment killing the two firemen.

[edit] 1963

  • Flag of Japan 1963 – Yokohama rail crash, Japan: Two commuter trains hit a derailed freight train. 161 killed.
  • Flag of Hungary December 24, 1963 – Paládicspuszta, Szolnok, Hungary: A passenger train hits a freight train. 45 killed, 34 injured.


  • Flag of Sri Lanka March 18, 1964 – Mirigama train crash, Sri Lanka: A Sri Lankan commuter train derails at high speed, killing over 60 people. The survivors are rescued by Boy Scouts.[9]

[edit] 1965

  • Flag of Czechoslovakia September 21, 1965 – Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): A passenger train collided with a freight train at Hloubětín station. 14 killed, 70 injured.

[edit] 1966

  • Flag of Czechoslovakia May 2, 1966 – Deštnice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): A train collided with a lorry. 10 killed, 37 injured.
  • Flag of Canada October 1966 – The Dorion level crossing accident: A merchant CN Rail train traveling at an excessive speed collides with a school bus at a level-crossing in Dorion, Quebec, Canada, killing 19 of 40 teenage students and the bus driver.

[edit] 1967

  • Flag of the German Democratic Republic July 6, 1967 – Langenweddingen rail crash, Langenweddingen, East Germany near Magdeburg: Because of an overstretched cable preventing the proper operation of a level crossing’s barriers, a local train collides with lorry carrying 15,000 litres of light petrol and ignites. 94 killed, of which 44 are children on a holiday trip. After the accident, barrier-dependent train signalling was introduced on the DR network.[6]
  • Flag of Denmark August 10, 1967 – Odense, Denmark: 11 people are killed and 36 injured as a lyntog express train from Copenhagen crashes into a stationary train shortly before Odense.
  • Flag of the Netherlands August 25, 1967 – Beesd, Netherlands: The driver and conductor (who in those days was supposed to ride together with the driver in the front cabin) are killed and 7 passengers of a passenger train are injured at 5:55 in the morning, when a cargo train crashes head-on into the first passenger train of that day. The driver of the cargo train (who was injured but survived the crash) missed a red signal, because of dense fog.[10]
  • Flag of England November 5, 1967 – Hither Green rail crash, England: 49 people are killed and 78 people injured as an express train from Hastings to Charing Cross derails at Hither Green, due to a broken rail at a rail joint.

[edit] 1968

  • Flag of England January 6, 1968 – Hixon rail crash, England: A Manchester-London express strikes a vehicle carrying a 122-tonne (120-long ton) transformer at an automatic level crossing. Eleven people are killed and 27 seriously injured.
  • Flag of Hungary December 12, 1968 – Mende, Hungary: A fast passenger train collied head-on with a freight train. 43 killed, 60 injured.

[edit] 1969

  • Flag of Australia 1969 – Violet Town railway disaster, Australia: a head-on collision on a single line, no ATP; 9 killed
  • Flag of Hungary January 31, 1969 – Herend, Hungary: a passenger express train crashed into a military train. Eleven people are killed and 39 injured.
  • Flag of Czechoslovakia July 28, 1969 – Bezděčín, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): A passenger train collided with a bus at level crossing, killing 23 and injuring 29.

[edit] 1970s

[edit] 1970

  • Flag of Argentina February 1, 1970 – Benavidez, Argentina: An intercity train crashes into a local train that had stopped because of mechanical failures. 236 killed.
  • Flag of Czechoslovakia February 23, 1970 – Valašské Meziříčí—Púchov railway line, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): A passenger train collided with a single locomotive. 11 killed, 14 injured.
  • Flag of Norway June 1970 – Oslo, Norway: A train from Skien collides with a shunting locomotive at Lysaker. 30 injured.
  • Flag of the United States May 20, 1970 – New York City, NY A rerouted Brooklyn-bound GG train on the express track crosses over a switch near Roosevelt Avenue–Jackson Heights station, slammed into another train on the local track, which was taken out of service for a brake problem earlier. The out of service train on the local track was being operated from the third car while the conductor was in the first car, relaying instructions to the motorman via. a flashlight. 2 killed, 77 injured
  • Flag of the United States June 21, 1970 – Crescent City, Illinois, United States: Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad Company’s Train No. 20 derails in downtown Crescent City; propane tank car ruptures and explosions cause fires that destroy the city center. No fatalities.
  • Flag of Spain August 9, 1970 – Plentzia, Basque Country, Spain: Two EuskoTren trains crash in each other on the Bilbao-Plentzia line killing 33. In 1995 this line was transferred to Metro Bilbao.
  • Flag of Czechoslovakia December 11, 1970 – Řikonín, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): An express train named “Pannonia” crashed into a freight train which had derailed after collision with a locomotive. Two carriages of the express train then fell down from a bridge. 32 killed, 17 injured.


  • Flag of Germany February 9, 1971 – Aitrang, Germany: The TEE 56 »Bavaria«, a SBB RAm TEE DMU, heading from Munich to Zurich, derails while passing a curve shortly after Aitrang station. The maximum speed in the curve is 80 km/h, however the train passes the curve at 130 km/h due to frozen water in the air brake. Shortly after the TEE has derailed, a railbus hits the wreckage, coming from the opposite direction. 28 die, 42 are injured.[11]
  • Flag of Germany May 27, 1971 – Radevormwald, Germany: Dahlerau train disaster – a railbus and a freight train collide on the single track line Wuppertal–Radevormwald near the station Dahlerau. The railbus was a special service carrying schoolchildren of a Radevormwald school. The local dispatcher claims to have signalled a red light to the freight train, whilst the freight train engineer claims to have seen a green one. Ultimately, the case cannot be resolved as the dispatcher is killed in a car accident before the legal hearings start. 41 die, 25 are injured. Worst rail accident in West Germany during Deutsche Bundesbahn times. The accident leads to the phasing out of the Nachtbefehlsstab, and presses the DB to introduce radio communications on branch lines.[11]
  • Flag of Germany July 21, 1971 – Rheinweiler, Germany: D 370 from Basel to Copenhagen passes a 75 km/h curve at about 140 km/h and derails, destroying a detached house; 23 die, 121 are injured. The suspected reason for the accident was a technical failure in the Class 103 engine’s automatic cruise control mechanism, leading to the engine gaining too much speed. The cruise control was consequently disabled after the accident and restricted speed zones were equipped with PZB.[11][12]


  • Flag of Mexico October 6, 1972 – Saltillo, Mexico: A train with pilgrims derails and catches fire. 208 killed.
  • Flag of the United States October 30, 1972 – Chicago, Illinois, United States: Illinois Central Gulf commuter rail crash, 45 are killed and over 300 injured.
  • Flag of the German Democratic Republic October 30, 1972 – Schweinsburg-Culten, East Germany: The driver of Ext 346 (Leipzig–Karlovy Vary) does not notice a stop signal on a single-track stretch of line because of heavy fog and collides with D 273 heading toward Berlin. 22 die, 70 are injured.[6]


  • Flag of Hungary January 30, 1973 – Helvécia, Hungary: A scheduled local bus disregards crossing signal and crushed by local train. 37 people killed, 18 injured.
  • Flag of the German Democratic Republic July 10, 1973 – Leipzig, East Germany: The driver of a commuter train fails to notice a diversion, causing the train to derail and hit the signal box of Leipzig-Leutzsch railway station. Four are killed, 25 injured.[6]
  • Flag of Scotland August, 1973 – Glasgow, Scotland: Electric train hits a diesel train near Glasgow Central Station. 5 die, 50 are injured.
  • Flag of Denmark September 7, 1973 – Copenhagen, Denmark: 2 people killed and 23 injured as an S-train collides with another stationary S-train in a tunnel close to Østerport station.
  • Flag of England December, 1973 – Ealing rail crash, London: Train derails, killing 10 and injuring 94.



The Italicus Express attack


The Italicus Express attack

  • Flag of Italy August 04, 1974 – A bomb explodes in car 5 of the Italicus Express running from Rome to Brennero on the night of the 4th August. Twelve passengers were killed and 44 were wounded. Ten years later in the same place, the same thing happened again.
  • Flag of Croatia August 30, 1974 – Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia): An express train from Athens to Dortmund derails at Zagreb train station because of excessive speed. 153 passengers killed.


  • Flag of Norway February 22, 1975 – Tretten, Norway: The Tretten train disaster. A passenger train from Oslo collides with an express train from Trondheim. 27 killed.
  • Flag of England February 28, 1975 – Moorgate tube crash, England: A London Underground train fails to stop at a cul-de-sac tunnel at Moorgate station, 43 people are killed.
  • Flag of England June 6, 1975 – Nuneaton rail crash, Warwickshire, England: Collision between two trains at Nuneaton Station, including the London Euston to Glasgow sleeper service. 6 killed 38 injured.
  • Flag of Germany June 8, 1975 – Warngau, Germany: Two trains collide on a single-rail stretch of track between Lenggries and Munich because of a dispatcher error. 41 dead, 122 injured.
  • Flag of Hungary October 14, 1975 – Hajdúsámson, Hungary: Local bus struck by local train. 12 people killed, 8 injured.


  • Flag of the Republic of China April 21, 1976 – at Changhua, Taiwan: A truck collides with a train causing 40 deaths and 42 injuries.
  • Flag of the Netherlands May 4, 1976 – near Schiedam, the Netherlands: An international train collides with a local train, killing 24 and injuring 11.


  • Flag of Australia January 18, 1977 – Granville railway disaster, Australia: 83 die when a train derails and hits a bridge support. The Bridge then fell, crushing part of the train.
  • Flag of the United States February 4, 1977 – Chicago Loop derailment Chicago, Illinois, United States: In the worst accident in the system’s history, a Chicago Transit Authority elevated train disregards cab signals and rear ends another train during the evening rush hour on a corner of the Loop. Eleven people are killed and over 180 injured as four cars of the rear train derail and crash to the street below.[13]


Lebus train crash


Lebus train crash

  • Flag of the German Democratic Republic June 27, 1977 – Lebus, East Germany: Due to a dispatcher operating under the influence of medication at Boosen, a holiday train from Zittau to Stralsund is diverted onto the branch line to Kietz, where it crashes with a freight train. 28 die in the accident, including the train crew of the holiday train; the dispatcher is jailed for five years. [6]
  • Flag of the United States November 9, 1977 – Pensacola, Florida, United States: A Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company freight train derails near Escambia Bay, and a punctured tank car of anhydrous ammonia kills two local residents as they try to flee the toxic gas cloud. Another 46 are injured.
  • Flag of the German Democratic Republic November 27, 1977 – Bitterfeld, East Germany: The boiler of a Class 01 steam engine explodes due to lack of water, killing 9 and injuring 45.[6][14]


  • Flag of the United States February 22, 1978 – Waverly tank car explosion, Waverly, Tennessee, United States: A Louisville and Nashville Railroad freight train derails; one tank car containing liquefied petroleum gas explodes two days later, killing 16 and injuring 43. Numerous buildings in downtown Waverly are destroyed or damaged by force of the blast and resulting fires.
  • Flag of the United States February 26, 1978 – Youngstown, Florida, United States: Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay Railroad freight train derails, a chlorine gas cloud, released from a punctured tank car, kills eight and injures 138. This was the first recorded major liquified chlorine gas disaster and the cloud was some 5 km (3 miles) long.
  • Flag of Hungary April 13, 1978 – Budapest, Hungary: commuter train overruns a buffer stop due to brake failure and crashes into the station building. 13 killed, 25 injured.


The sleeping car involved in the Taunton train fire.


The sleeping car involved in the Taunton train fire.

  • Flag of England July 6, 1978 – Taunton train fire, Taunton, England: A fire aboard a British Rail sleeping car travelling from Penzance to Paddington station in London kills 12. Investigation shows that the fire was caused by the careless placement of a plastic bag of linens against a heater in the car’s vestibule.
  • Flag of Northern Ireland October 12, 1978 – an IRA bomb exploded on a train near Belfast Central station before it was fully evacuated, killing a woman.[15]
  • Flag of the United States December 3, 1978 – Shipman, Virginia, United States: Southern Railway’s Southern Crescent enters a curve at excess speed; all of the consist but the lead engine and last car derail and slide down a ravine. Six die, including Gov. Jimmy Carter’s former chef, Louis Price, killed in the galley. Sixty others are injured, most trapped in the wreckage.


  • Flag of the United States April 8, 1979 – Louisville and Nashville Railroad freight derails at Crestview, Florida, United States and punctured tank car leaks anhydrous ammonia, injuring 14.
  • Flag of Scotland October 22, 1979 – Invergowrie rail crash, Scotland: starting signal failed to return completely to stop, giving the following train a false clear indication. 5 killed.
  • Flag of Canada November 10, 1979 – 1979 Mississauga train derailment Mississauga, Canada: tank cars containing propane and chlorine derail, causing a fire which lofts deadly contamination high into the air. No fatalities or serious injuries, but more than 250,000 residents are evacuated from the city: the largest peacetime emergency evacuation in North American history until 2005 when New Orleans, Louisiana, is evacuated due to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Flag of Thailand 1979 – Taling Chan, Thailand: 54 people are killed in the worst accident in Thai railway history when a Thonburi – Nakhon Pathom commuter train collides with a Bangsue – Padang Besar freight train at Taling Chan on 21 August 1979 as a result of errors on the part of the fatigued freight train engineer.



  • Flag of Northern Ireland January 18, 1980 – Belfast, Northern Ireland: An IRA firebomb inadvertently detonates on a train travelling between Ballymena and Belfast, engulfing a carriage and killing three (including the bomber). Five are injured in the blast.[16][17]
  • Flag of Sweden June 2, 1980– Hinsnoret-Ornäs, Dalarna, Sweden: 11 killed and over 60 injured as a passenger train and a freight train collide.
  • Flag of Hungary June 30, 1980 – Siófok, Hungary: Passenger train stikes a local bus. 20 killed.
  • Flag of the Netherlands July 25, 1980 – Winsum, the Netherlands: Two trains collide on a single track between Groningen and Roodeschool resulting in 9 deaths and 21 injured.
  • Flag of Ireland August 1, 1980 – Buttevant, County Cork, Ireland: A train crashes into a siding on the main Dublin – Cork line resulting in 18 deaths and 62 injured. This remains the Republic of Ireland’s worst transportation disaster.
  • Flag of Poland August 19, 1980 – A freight train runs through a red light and slams into a passenger train traveling from Toruń to Łódź, Poland. The accident near Otłoczyn killed 67 people and injurned 65.
  • Flag of Spain September 24, 1980 – Valencia, Spain: A train crashes into a bus in a level crossing killing 27.


  • Flag of Argentina March 8, 1981 – A train traveling from Mar del Plata, Argentina to Buenos Aires smashes into a pair of derailed freight cars 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of the capital, killing 45 and injuring 120.
  • Flag of the Republic of China March 8, 1981 – A truck collides with a passenger train at a level crossing, sending five of the ten coaches over a bridge into a dry river bed in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Thirty are killed and 131 injured in what was the worst rail crash in Taiwan up to that point.
  • Flag of South Korea May 14, 1981 – Two express trains collide about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Seoul, killing 54 people.
  • Flag of India June 6, 1981 – Bihar train disaster, India: Hundreds are killed (300-800) when a train falls into a river.
  • Flag of India July 17, 1981 – A freight train slams into the back of a passenger train in Madhya Pradesh, India, killing 39 people and injuring 43.
  • Flag of India July 19, 1981 – In an incident blamed on sabotage, a train traveling to Ahmedabad from New Delhi, India, derailed in Gujarat, killing 30 people and injuring 70.
  • Flag of India July 31, 1981 – Six coaches of a train derail near Bahawalpur, India, killing 43 and injuring 50.
  • Flag of Hungary November 30, 1981 – Mohora, Hungary: Departmental train strikes a bus. 17 killed, 29 injured.


  • Flag of the United States January 13, 1982 – Washington, D.C.: An Orange line train derails on the Washington Metro between the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations. While the train was being backed up, the derailed truck drives the aluminum car into a tunnel support, killing three people. By coincidence this happened at the same time Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge.
  • Flag of Algeria January 27, 1982 – A passenger train traveling from Oran to Algiers derailed 50 miles west of the Algerian capital, killing at least 130 and injuring 146, in Algeria’s worst train crash in 20 years.
  • Flag of India January 27, 1982 – A freight train and an express passenger train collide head-on in heavy fog near Agra, India, killing 50 and injuring 50.
  • Flag of India March 20, 1982 – A Mangalore-to-New Delhi train slams into a tourist bus at a level crossing in Andhra Pradesh, snapping the bus in two, killing at least 59 people on the bus and injuring 25 others.
  • Flag of the United States July 7, 1982 – Fair Lawn, New Jersey: Teenagers throw a switch and send a commuter train into a pasta factory resulting in the death of the engineer. Four teens are eventually charged with various crimes relating to the wreck.[18]
  • Flag of Mexico July 12, 1982 – An express train traveling from Mexicali to Guadalajara, Mexico, derails into a ravine near Tepic, killing 34 and injuring 136.
  • Flag of Germany August 2, 1982 – Ostercappeln, Germany: Two drunk British Army soldiers steal a tank at the Osnabrück barracks and crash into the oncoming D 15233 after the tank has been driven on the Rollbahn railway tracks. Both engines of the train and five cars derail, the tank is completely destroyed. 23 are injured, the two soldiers are instantly killed.[6][19]


  • Flag of Mexico February 20, 1983 – A train traveling from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico to Guadalajara is rammed in the rear by a freight train near Guaymas,exploded and killed at least 56 and injuring 78.
  • Flag of Germany May 27, 1983 – Frechen, Germany: The Oostende-Wien-Express night train derails due to trackbed damages. The engine hits a bridge and the first car jackknifes into the wreckage. Seven are killed, 23 injured.
  • Flag of Ireland August 21, 1983 – Cherryville Junction, County Kildare, Ireland: crash occurred when a train, which had run out of fuel and stopped on the tracks at Cherryville junction in Co. Kildare, was hit by a second train from the rear. 7 people were killed and 55 were injured. The official investigation found several organisational factors to have been substantial causes of the crash. These included: CIE rules that allowed drivers to proceed past red signals in certain circumstances; ambiguity of responsibility between the driver and the guard; and inadequate re-fuelling procedures.[20]


  • Flag of the United States June 14, 1984 – Motley Minnesota, United States: Two Burlington Northtorn Railroad trains collide head-on.
  • Flag of Yugoslavia July 14, 1984 – Divača, Slovenia, Yugoslavia: A freight train plows into the rear of a crowded passenger train, killing 31 and injuring 33.
  • Flag of Hong Kong November 25, 1984 – Hong Kong: A train derailed between Sheung Shui and Fanling station on the KCR East Rail. The incident occurred when the driver, preparing to back the train up to Sheung Shui station, failed to follow a speed/stop signal while the train was exceeding the speed limit. The train crashed into a boulder/buffer with the first 2 cars piling on top of each other. The degree of which they were damaged was so extensive that the cars never returned to service. Luckily, the passengers were unloaded prior to the crash while the driver sustained only minor injuries. However, the accident caused train services to suspend for the rest of the day and the incident spurred a series of public outcries concerning railway safety.
  • Flag of England December 11, 1984 – Wembley, London: A passenger train collided with a freight train at Wembley Central, killing 3 injuring 60.
  • Flag of Italy December 23, 1984 – Italy: The Rapido 904 from Naples to Milan named the “Christmas train” explodes in the longest Italian tunnel of San Benedetto Val di Sambro. An alliance formed between Mafia groups “What ours” and the Neapolitan Racket was behind the massacre on Express 904. In that tunnel there remained the bodies of 15 people, and hundreds were seriously injured, some dying many years later.


  • Flag of the United States January 21, 1985 – Gary, Indiana, United States: Two South Shore Line trains collide head-on, 85 injured.
  • Flag of India February 23, 1985 – Rajnandgaon train fire, Madhya Pradesh, India: Over 50 people are killed when an express train catches fire.
  • Flag of Bulgaria March 9, 1985 – Bunovo, Bulgaria: 7 people killed in a terrorist attack in the mothers with children car on the Sofia – Burgas route.
  • Flag of Germany March 20, 1985 – Ronnenberg, Germany: Two freight trains, one consisting of 20 tank cars filled with petrol, the other consisting of 19 cars loaded with coal, collide in the densely populated suburb of Empelde, close to Hanover and ignite, the fire burning almost a day.
  • Flag of Israel June 11, 1985 – Habonim disaster, Moshav Habonim, Israel: 21 people killed, including 19 school children in a collision between a bus on a school field trip and a train going from Haifa to Tel Aviv near Moshav Habonim.
  • Flag of India June 13, 1985 – Agra rail disaster, Argra, India: 38 people are killed in a collision.
  • Flag of Portugal September 11, 1985 – Mangualde, Portugal: The Sud Express linking Lisbon and Paris collides with a regional train near Mangualde, Portugal. The blaze and the lack of a passenger list puts the death toll around one hundred victims.


  • Flag of Canada February 8, 1986 – Hinton train collision, Dalehurst, Alberta, Canada: 23 lives lost when VIA Rail passenger train and CN freight train collide head-on. This led to the adoption of stricter crew scheduling practice and a complete rewrite of the operating rules.
  • Flag of Chile February 17, 1986 – Queronque rail disaster, Chile: 58 people are killed in a collision.
  • Flag of India March 10, 1986 – Khagaria rail disaster, over 50 people are killed in a collision in Bihar.
  • Flag of Thailand November 8, 1986 – Bangkok, Thailand: 5 people die and 7 are injured when a unmanned train runaway from the maintenance depot for 15 kilometer at a speed of 50 kph toward Hua Lamphong station and hit the buffer stop.


  • Flag of the United States January 4, 1987 – Chase, Maryland rail wreck, Chase, Maryland, United States: The Amtrak Colonial express train, highballing at 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour), slammed into a consist of Conrail freight locomotives whose engineer had ignored a stop signal and had fouled the Northeast Corridor mainline at Gunpow Interlocking. The force of the impact completely destroyed the lead Amtrak locomotive and derailed the rest of the train, killing the Amtrak engineer, a lounge car attendant and 14 passengers. The subsequent investigation revealed that the in-cab signaling system of the Conrail lead locomotive was inoperative and that the Conrail crew had been smoking marijuana. This notorious accident, Amtrak’s most deadly at the time, caused the US railroad industry to tighten up drug use detection among operational personnel and subsequently led to the federal certification of locomotive engineers.
  • Flag of India July 8, 1987 – Machieral rail disaster, 53 people killed in the derailment of a train in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Flag of Sweden November 16, 1987 – Lerum, near Gothenburg, Sweden: Two passenger trains collide at a station, killing 9 and injuring 140.


  • Flag of the German Democratic Republic January 19, 1988 – Forst-Zinna, East Germany: A Soviet tank gets stuck on a level crossing and gets hit by an express train. 6 die, 33 are injured.[6]
  • Flag of Denmark April 25, 1988 – Sorø train accident, Denmark: 8 people die and 72 are injured as an intercity train derails in a switch in Sorø due to excessive speed.
  • Flag of France June 27, 1988 – Gare de Lyon train accident, Gare de Lyon, Paris, France: After brake failure, runaway train hits stationary rush-hour train in station, 56 killed, over 50 injured.
  • Flag of India July 8, 1988 – Ashtamudi Lake rail disaster, passenger train falls in the lake after derailing, 107 people drowned.
  • Flag of the Soviet Union August 16, 1988 – A high-speed train traveling from Leningrad to Moscow derails near Bologoye, killing 30 people and injuring about 180.[21]


The investigation's report on the Clapham Junction rail crash.


The investigation’s report on the Clapham Junction rail crash.

  • Flag of England December 12, 1988 – Clapham Junction rail crash, London, England: wrong side failure from electrical short circuit caused by faulty signal maintenance, 35 dead, more than 100 injured.

[edit] 1989


Video cover of the Cajon Pass derailment.


Video cover of the Cajon Pass derailment.

  • Flag of England March 4, 1989 – Purley Station rail crash, London, England: As one train crosses over from one track to another, a second train runs a red signal and collides with the first train; the accident leaves six people dead and 94 injured.
  • Flag of India April 18, 1989 – Lalitpur rail disaster, Uttar Praadesh, India: 75 killed when train derails.
  • Flag of Mexico May 4, 1989 – Tepic, Mexico: 20-52 (depending on reports) are killed after train’s brakes fail while descending a mountain side; the locomotive and three passenger cars flip on a curve and plunge down the ravine.
  • Flag of the United States May 12, 1989 – San Bernardino train disaster, San Bernardino, California: A Southern Pacific Railroad freight train derails on Duffy Street on the very steep Cajon Pass, killing two crew members and two children, ages 7 and 9. Eleven homes were severely damaged or completely destroyed in the accident. Thirteen days later fuel leaking from a pipe line damaged in the accident ignites, killing 2 people and causing further damage to homes.
  • Flag of the Soviet Union June 4, 1989 – Ufa train disaster, Soviet Union: 575 are killed and over 600 wounded when two trains pass near a leaking natural gas line which explodes.



  • Flag of Pakistan January 4, 1990 – Sindh province, Pakistan: An overcrowded passenger train collides with a stationary freight train. Over 210 killed.
  • Flag of Germany February 2, 1990 – Rüsselsheim, Germany: Two S-Bahn commuter trains collide, killing 17 and injuring 80.
  • Flag of Norway April 16, 1990 – Lysaker, Oslo, Norway: Two local passenger trains collide, 5 killed.
  • Flag of India April 16, 1990 – Patna rail disaster, India: 70 killed as shuttle train is gutted by fire.
  • Flag of the United States March 7, 1990 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States: A bolt securing a traction motor on a SEPTA subway-elevated train fails, causing the train to derail. Four killed, 158 injured.
  • Flag of Poland August 20, 1990 – Ursus, near Warsaw, Poland. At 6.20 a.m., a passenger train called “Silesia” – from Praha to Warsaw (Warszawa Wschodnia) – telescoped last car of passenger train from Szklarska Poręba to Warsaw, killed 16.
  • Flag of Czechoslovakia August 25, 1990 – near Spálov, Liberecký kraj, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic): At the railway line Tanvald—Železný Brod, between the Jesenný and Spálov railway stations, a freight train collided with a passenger train which then caught fire. 14 killed, 32 injured.


  • Flag of England January 8, 1991 – London, England: A passenger train hits the buffers at Cannon Street Station. 1 person killed. 542 persons injured.
  • Flag of Japan April, 1991 – Shigaraki train disaster, Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan: 42 people were killed.
  • Flag of the United States July 31, 1991 – Lugoff, South Carolina, United States: The Amtrak Silver Star derails the rear portion of its consist on the former Seaboard Air Line of the CSXT Railroad when a faulty switch split (moved out of position) as the train passes over it, directing a coach into a hopper car standing on a siding, and derailing the following equipment. Eight passengers die and 76 are injured.
  • Flag of the United States August 28, 1991 – New York, New York: Five people are killed and more than 200 injured when a #4 Lexington Avenue express train derails going over a switch just north of Union Square. Two subway cars break open as they strike the steel tunnel support beams. The uninjured motorman, whom passengers report had been handling the train erratically, flees the scene and is arrested later, testing out as legally drunk. This accident, coupled with the Amtrak Colonial wreck at Chase, Maryland on January 4, 1987, is instrumental in driving new federal rules for engineer certification and toxicology testing.
  • Flag of France October, 1991 – Melun, France. A freight train overruns a closed signal, and fouls the path of the Nice-Paris night train. 16 people are killed. The accident was caused by a heart attack suffered by the freight train engineer. The deadman mechanism worked perfectly, but it was too late to stop the train in time. This led to the adoption of the KVB automatic train control system which will detect improper train handling.
  • Flag of the Republic of China November 15, 1991 – Miaoli, Taiwan. One south bound train and one north bound train collided into each other when the signals were broken, 30 died and 112 injured.


  • Flag of Sweden March 12, 1992 – Gothenburg, Sweden: A tram rolls backwards down a hill without control and derails near the bottom. There it glides sideways in a high speed into a tram stop where people are waiting. 13 killed, many injured.
  • Flag of the United States June 30, 1992 – near Superior, Wisconsin, United States: A Burlington Northern freight train transporting benzene encounters fatigued tracks and derails, plunging 3 tank cars off a trestle and into the Nemadji River. One of the cars ruptures, spilling 79 500 L (21,000 US gallons) of chemicals into the river, which are then carried into Lake Superior, forming a toxic cloud over Superior and Duluth, Minnesota. 40,000 area residents are evacuated; many suffer long-term health problems, and the damage to the surrounding environment is considerable.
  • Flag of the United States August 12, 1992 – just outside Newport News, Virginia, United States: Amtrak’s Colonial passenger train, traveling at nearly 80 mph, enters a switch that had just moments before been opened by a pair of teenaged saboteurs. Though there are no fatalities, dozens are injured. 60 of the passengers subsequently sue Amtrak and CSX (who owned the right-of-way) for negligence, but the case is decided in favor of the railroad companies as it was determined that there was no way for the train crew to prevent the incident. The two teens are sentenced to federal prison terms for the crime.
  • Flag of the Netherlands November, 1992 – Hoofddorp, Netherlands: An Intercity train, travelling from Amsterdam to Vlissingen derailed near Hoofddorp. Five people died, 33 were injured.
  • Flag of Germany November 15, 1992 – 11 people die and 52 are injured when the wreckage of a derailed freight train is hit by an express train near Northeim, Germany. [22]


  • Flag of the United States January 18, 1993 – Gary, Indiana, United States: The eastbound Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District train number 7 runs a red signal and is hit by westbound train number 12; 7 passengers die, scores are injured in the accident.
  • Flag of the United States March 17, 1993 – near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States: An Amtrak passenger train strikes a gasoline tanker truck that has stopped on a grade crossing, causing the tanker to explode. Six people (including the truck driver) are killed and 12 injured. The dining car stops in the center of the fire and is totalled.
  • Flag of South Korea March 28, 1993 – Busan train disaster, Busan, South Korea: An express train derailed and 79 people were killed.
  • Flag of India May 3, 1993 – Chhabra rail disaster, 71 people die in a collision between two trains at Chhabra in Rajasthan.
  • Flag of Spain August 2, 1993 – Vega de Anzo, Spain a crash in a tunnel at kills 12.
  • Flag of the United States September 22, 1993 – Big Bayou Canot train disaster, Alabama, United States: Barges being pushed by a towboat collide with a piling and causes a bridge to shift out of alignment, creating a kink in the rails on the CSXT’s former Louisville & Nashville Gulfcoast line. Minutes later, Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, just out of Mobile, Alabama, encounters the misaligned track, derailing the lead locomotive and plunging the train into the water. 47 people are killed in Amtrak’s deadliest accident.
  • Flag of Norway October 3, 1993 – Nordstrand, Oslo, Norway: A local train collides with a shunting (switch) locomotive. 5 killed.
  • Flag of Kenya January 30, 1993 – Ngai Ndethya, Kenya: 65 killed in a Mombasa-bound passenger train which plunged into a river after floods wash away a bridge.


  • Flag of Scotland / Flag of the United Kingdom June 25, 1994 – Greenock rail crash, Scotland: Two people are killed when a train strikes concrete blocks that were placed on the track by vandals. Vandalism starts to be noticed as a U.K. wide criminal phenomenon from the mid 1990s onwards.
  • Flag of the United States August 4, 1994 – Batavia, New York, United States: Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited passenger train derails while traveling at 75 mph (120 km/h), injuring 125 of the train’s passengers and crew members.
  • Flag of Angola September 22, 1994 – Damaged brakes make a train crash into a canyon in Tolunda, Angola. 300 killed.
  • Flag of Germany September 29, 1994 – Two passenger trains collide head-on near Bad Bramstedt, Germany, resulting in the death of six people and injuring 67. [23]
  • Flag of Hungary December 2, 1994 – Szajol, Hungary: InterCity train traveling at 65 mph (105 km/h) derails and crashes into the railway station’s building, killing 31 passengers and injuring many people.


  • Flag of England January 31, 1995 – Aisgill, Settle-Carlisle Railway , England: A British Rail Class 156 Super Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit derails due to a landslide and is hit by another Sprinter coming in the opposite direction in darkness and heavy rain. The conductor of the Sprinter that derailed due to the landslide is killed. Several people are seriously hurt, and the driver of one of the Sprinters has to be cut out by the fire brigade.
  • Flag of Spain February 27, 1995 – Eibar, Basque Country, Spain: A train derrails killing five and injuring 33.
  • Flag of India May 3, 1995 – Nalgonda rail disaster, 35 people are killed in a collision with a tractor in Nalgonda district in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Flag of India May 14, 1995 – Salem rail disaster, Over 50 people are killed in a collision at Salem on the Madras route.
  • Flag of the United States June 5, 1995 – Brooklyn, NY, A Manhattan bound J train rear ends an M train on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge, killing the motorman on the J train and injuring 55 people. The National Transportation Safety Board investigating into the accident, concluded that train operator fatigue, and poor spacing of the signal system (the signals were too close together) were the main causes to this crash.[9]
  • Flag of the United States June 16, 1995 – Gettysburg Railroad Boiler Explosion, Gardners, Pennsylvania. A Gettysburg Railroad steam locomotive suffers a catastrophic boiler explosion due to low water. Three crew are seriously injured. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated, finding poor training, complacency and a general loss of the craft skills needed to operate and maintain steam. They also found an unusual boiler design feature had prevented a much more serious explosion. Major new regulation of steam locomotives followed. [10]
  • Flag of the Czech Republic June 24, 1995 – Krouna, Czech Republic: Four runaway carriages smashed into a passenger train carrying 23 people. 19 killed, only 4 passengers survived.
  • Flag of Canada August 11, 1995 – Russell Hill Subway accident, Toronto, Ontario: A subway collides with a stationary train when a driver misinterprets a signal. 3 are killed, and 30 injured.
  • Flag of India August 20, 1995 – Firozabad rail disaster, India. A passenger train collides with another train that had stopped after it had run over a cow in Firozabad, India. 358 people are killed.
  • Flag of the United States October 9, 1995 – Palo Verde derailment, Arizona, United States: One crewman is killed and 78 passengers are injured when an Amtrak passenger train en route to Los Angeles is derailed by saboteurs. To date, the person(s) responsible for the derailment have not been found.


The destroyed school bus in the Fox River Grove level crossing accident.


The destroyed school bus in the Fox River Grove level crossing accident.

  • Flag of the United States October 25, 1995 – Fox River Grove level crossing accident, Illinois, United States: A school bus caught between a railroad crossing and a red traffic light is hit by a Metra commuter train, killing seven students.
  • Flag of Azerbaijan October 28, 1995 – Baku, Azerbaijan – World’s deadliest metro disaster. In Baku, an underground metro train catches fire during Saturday evening rush hour. 337 people are killed.
  • Flag of Germany December 12, 1995 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – The last of the DRG Class ET 91, a German class of electric multiple units from the 1930s, crashes with the ÖBB 1044 235 electric locomotive in the station of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, resulting in one fatal casualty and 46 injured.


  • Flag of the United States February 9, 1996 – Secaucus, New Jersey, United States: New Jersey Transit Train 1254 traveling to Hoboken Terminal via the Bergen County Line runs a red signal a few hundred yards east of where the Secaucus Junction Station is currently located and slams into NJT Train 1107 traveling to Suffern, New York via the NJT Main Line. Both engineers and a passenger on Train 1254 are killed.
  • Flag of the United States February 16, 1996 – Silver Spring, Maryland, United States: The engineer of a MARC commuter train bound for Washington Union Station, either misses or ignores a stop signal and collides with outgoing Amtrak train no. 29, the westbound Capitol Limited. The crash left 11 people dead aboard the MARC train.[24] Three die of injuries suffered in the impact, but the rest are killed by smoke and flames, exacerbated by a natural gas tank located at trackside, which also ignites. [citation needed] This accident lead to the FRA instituting the Delay in Block Rule.


Weyauwega derailment aftermath, March 5, 1996.


Weyauwega derailment aftermath, March 5, 1996.

  • Flag of Hungary February 26, 1996 – Kutas, Hungary: Local train hits a bus. The crash lites tne fuel in the fuel tank and causes fire. 12 people killed.
  • Flag of the United States March 4, 1996 – Weyauwega derailment, Wisconsin, United States: A broken turnout derails a Wisconsin Central train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and propane. The town of Weyauwega, Wisconsin, is evacuated as the fire burns for most of the 18-day evacuation.
  • Flag of Finland April 21, 1996 – Passenger train operating in heavy fog derails at Jokela, Finland because of overspeeding through a slow-speed turnout. The locomotive driver and three passengers were killed, and 75 were injured.
  • Flag of India May 14, 1996 – Alappuzha level crossing crash, 35 wedding guests are killed when their bus is run down by a train in Kerala.
  • Flag of India May 25, 1996 – Varanasi level crossing crash, 25 people die in a collision with a tractor at Varanasi.
  • Flag of India December 30, 1996 – Brahmaputra Mail train bombing, 33 people are killed in deliberate explosion on a train in Assam.
  • Flag of Italy December 30, 1996 – Cazzago San Martino, Province of Brescia At Bornato station Brescia – Iseo -Edolo Railway, LeNord train n°4 departed on the single rail track without waiting for the incoming train n°255. 3 people were killed and 45 were injured.

[edit] 1997

  • Flag of Italy January 12, 1997 – A Pendolino train derails just before a train station at Piacenza, Italy, killing 8 and injuring 29 others. [25]
  • Flag of Spain March 31, 1997 – a RENFE intercity train derails at Uharte Arakil station at 130km/h killing 18 and injuring 100.
  • Flag of India April 18, 1997 – Gorakhpur rail diasaster, Over 60 people are killed in a collision at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Flag of Poland May 5, 1997 – Reptowo, Poland. At 12.25 p.m., a passenger train derailed and its restaurant car (“WARS”) collided with a goods train – 12 killed.
  • Flag of the United States June 22, 1997 – Devine, Texas, United States: Two freight trains collided on a highway overpass, resulting in 4 deaths and an estimated 250-750 gallons of diesel fuel spilling out. A portion of the fuel burned off, while the rest mixed with leaking engine oil. The fuel and oil mixture leaked into two storm drains below, which was then carried by heavy rains southward to a spillyway, and into a freshwater creek. Nearby residences were evacuated, and an extensive clean-up was promptly carried out.
  • Flag of India July 8, 1997 – Lehra Khanna Station bombing, 33 people are killed by a terrorist bomb left on a station at Lehra Khanna in the Punjab.
  • Flag of India July 28, 1997 – Faridabad train crash, 12 people die in a collision at Faridabad in the Delhi suburbs.[26]
  • Flag of India September 14, 1997 – Bilaspur rail disaster, 120 people are killed in a derailment on a bridge in Bilaspur province in Chhattisgarh.
  • Flag of England September 19, 1997 – Southall rail crash, London, England. A passenger train collides with a freight train, killing 6.
  • Flag of Australia October 23, 1997 – Beresfield rail disaster, Australia: coal train collides with the rear of an earlier coal train and blocks all tracks causing collisions with other trains – SPAD.
  • Flag of Germany December 9, 1997 – Hanover, Germany: A regional train carrying more than 300 passengers collides with a freight train consisting of 20 tanker cars filled with petrol. Five of the wrecked tankers ignite and explode. More than 90 injured.[27]



Destroyed cars from the Eschede train disaster


Destroyed cars from the Eschede train disaster

  • Flag of Cameroon February 15, 1998 – Yaounde train explosion, Cameroon, Spilt fuel oil from a tanker train crash ignited and exploded, killing over 100 people.
  • Flag of Finland March 6, 1998 – Express passenger train derails at Jyväskylä, Finland, as a result of over-speeding while passing over a slow-speed turnout. The locomotive driver and nine passengers were killed, 94 were injured.
  • Flag of India April 4, 1998 – Fatuha train crash, At least 11 people die in derailment near Patna(near Fatuha station) on the Howrah-Delhi main line as Howrah-Danapur Express derails between between Fatuha and Bankaghat stations.
  • Flag of India April 24, 1998 – Parali Vaijanath train crash, 24 people die in high speed collision at a rural station in Maharashtra.
  • Flag of Germany June 3, 1998 – Eschede train disaster, Eschede, Germany: Part of a high-speed ICE train derails due to a faulty wheel rim and strikes a bridge. The bridge collapses as the third car hits its pylons, the remaining cars and the rear power unit jackknife into the pile. The first three carriages are separated from each other and come to a halt at Eschede railway station whilst the undamaged power car continues for another two kilometres until its brakes are automatically applied. 101 are killed.
  • Flag of the United States June 18, 1998 – Burns Harbor, Indiana, United States: The westbound Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District train number 102 strikes a semi-truck that was stopped on a grade crossing. 3 passengers are killed when the truck’s steel cargo smashed through the front of the train.
  • Flag of England August 7, 1998- Three teenagers fell out of unlocked doors on express trains and died from their injuries. The first two deaths occurred near Tamworth, Staffordshire, the third near Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Several other people also encountered serious faults with the unlocking of doors during the same period, but no more serious injuries resulted. These incidents lead to the Health and Safety Executive condemning ‘slam-door’ trains.
  • Flag of India November 26, 1998 – Over 150 people died in the Khanna train crash disaster, when a high speed collision at a rural station in the Punjab catches fire.

[edit] 1999

  • Flag of the United States March 15, 1999 – Bourbonnais train accident, Bourbonnais, Illinois, United States: The southbound Amtrak City of New Orleans, traveling at approximately 80 miles per hour (128 kilometers per hour), slams into a semi-trailer truck loaded with steel concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) at a grade crossing and derails. An ensuing fire sets one Superliner sleeper car ablaze. 11 were killed and over 100 were injured. It was subsequently determined that the truck driver had ignored the grade crossing signals and drove around the lowered gates.
  • Flag of Kenya March 24, 1999 – Tsavo National Park, Kenya: 32 die at Tsavo National Park when the brakes on a passenger train fail, causing it to derail. [11]
  • Flag of Serbia and Montenegro April 12, 1999 – Grdelica train bombing, Serbia: NATO warplanes hit a civilian train killing 14 people.
  • Flag of India June 4, 1999 – Andhra Pradesh, India: Twelve are killed in a derailment at Kazipet.
  • Flag of India August 2, 1999 – Gauhati rail disaster, Gauhati, India: Two express trains collide head-on. Over 285 people are killed.
  • Flag of England October 5, 1999 – Ladbroke Grove (Paddington) rail disaster, England: Two trains collide head-on due to a signal passed at danger and smashed fuel tanks catch fire, killing 31 and injuring 400.
  • Flag of Greece November 17, 1999 – Athens, Greece: 3 workmen using a pneumatic drill in Athens station are killed when they could not hear an approaching train from Halkida as it entered the station. 2 others later died of their wounds. They also apparently ignored the obvious timing factors relating to when trains would be actually scheduled to use the platform in the first place. The deaths are put down as being caused by the use of sloppy work routines. [12]
  • Flag of Poland November 24, 1999 – Wrocław, Poland: A freight train run by PKP Intercity derails in the station Wrocław Grabiszyn. No one was injured.
  • Flag of Australia December 3, 1999 – Glenbrook train disaster, New South Wales, Australia: Stop and Proceed rule at red signal applied with insufficient care (too much speed), killing 7
  • Flag of Canada December 30, 1999 – Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada: Several tank cars filled with gasoline and heating oil from the CN freight train 703 traveling westward derailed as it was passing the CN freight train 306 train, traveling in the opposite direction on a parallel track . Train 306 hit the derailed wagons, which explode on impact, killing the engineer and the conductor of the 306 and starting a fire which was to burn 2,7 million liters of oil and force evacuation of 350 families within a 2 kilometers radius over the next four days. [13]
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  1. The information about the cause of the March 15, 1999, Bourbonnais AMTRAK / steel truck crash is incorrect. The Track Circuit failed to detect the AMTRAK train do to rust on the rails. Check with the Chicago Tribune. A witness behind the steel truck told police that the gates were up and the lights were not flashing when the steel truck started across the multiple track crossing. The truck driver was charged with some non-railroad-related violations, but NOT going around any gates. The angle of the hit on the truck by the lead AMTRAK locomotive PROVED that the truck was in its lane, not at a skewed angle. If the driver had driven the truck around a lowered gate, the trailer with the steel would not have been at a 90 degree angle to the track. But it was at a 90 degree angle, which proved that the truck was in its proper lane.

  2. thanks Bob

  3. A major 3-train train wreck happened during the wee hours of 11th February 1981 at Vaniyambadi (India).

    An express train on its way to Chennai collided with a stationary freight train and derailed. The derailed coaches rolled and fell on the oncoming track. Just when injured passengers were trying to extricate themselves from the derailed train, another train on the oncoming track collided with the already derailed train resulting a major disaster. This accident caused the indian railways to revamp their signalling system completely.

  4. I’m here to give more information on the ICE train derailment. The damaged rim was because they didn’t make sure that the wheel was okay propterly. Then the wheels outer rim came off during the trip. Due to the way the train was going, the rim was now a straight peice of metal. It got jabbed into one of the carriages and grinded along on the wheels. When the train passed over a switch, it pitted up a extra rail used on the switch. The rail also got jabbed into the carriage. The force was enough to lift the trunk with the wheels off the rails. The wheels were centered so one wheel was inside the two rail and one wasn’t. When the train reached the bridge area (which had a lot of switchs near it ) the wheel in the inside of the two rail struck the third rail used to switch. The carriages from that trunk on were switch two track. Since the rear unit was giving power, the train jacknifed and hit the bridges piler. The bridge fell and the front unit was uncoupled.

  5. Thank you for the extra info Josh!

  6. I would like to see some photos of Train accident in Lerum , Sweden 1987 I try to search on internet but never found..

  7. BROOKLYN RAILWAY CRASH, NSW, AUSTRALIA, 6TH MAY 1990. Six people were killed, including the driver of a Sydney-bound Inter City commuter train, when it smashed into the rear of a stalled chartered steam train. The 3801 locomotive, also on the Sydney line, had stopped on the rise from the Hawkesbury River & was building up steam to get up the grade (Cowan Bank) when the Inter City emerged from Boronia tunnel near Brooklyn and collided with 3801.
    The accident happened on the main Sydney-Newcastle line, 5km south of the Brooklyn Bridge, between the Hawkesbury River & the town of Cowan. Ninety-nine people were injured, 11 seriously. The front carriage of the 4-carriage Sydney train was derailed in the accident, with the line closed to rail services for a day. An interim ban was placed on the use of steam locomotives on the NSW railway system.
    A coronial inquiry found that a railway signal fault was caused by sand dumped on the rail by the driver of 3801 as the train went into a violent wheel-spin as it approached the Boronia tunnel. A handbrake in one of the steam train’s carriages may have been partially applied, the inquiry found, to cause the train slowing up. About one train length outside the tunnel, the driver opened the valve to full throttle & the steam train pulled to a complete stop & more sand was applied to the rails.
    While 3801 was attempting to climb the hill, the inter-urban train was stopped at a red signal on the other side of the tunnel. The lights kept fluctuating from red to green because of sand on the rails. Eventually the lights stayed permanently on the green & the inter-urban train moved forward through the tunnel, when the crash with 3801 occurred.
    The force of the impact destroyed the last cariage of the historic train, where 4 fatalities ocurred, and demolished the front carriage of the inter-urban, killing the driver and a companion in the cabin. It pushed steam engine 3801 forward 12 metres and broke the couplings between 3801 and its consist.
    Those involved in the incident were cleared of blame, however, he said that although the signals had tested OK, the sand applied to the line by 3801 MAY have caused them to behave incorrectly on the day. (TAKEN FROM THE AUST GOVT DISASTERS DATABASE)

    The following information is extracted from the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Waterfall accident, by the Honourable Peter Aloysius McInerney QC.

    On 31 January 2003 at approximately 7:14 am, a four car Outer Suburban Tangara passenger train, designated G7 and travelling from Sydney Central railway station to Port Kembla, left the track at high speed and overturned approximately 1.9 kilometres south of Waterfall railway station. The train driver and six passengers were killed. The train guard and the remaining 41 passengers suffered injuries ranging from minor to severe.

    The Commissioner concluded that the mechanism of the accident was a high speed rollover. The train was travelling at approximately 117 km/h as it entered the curve on which it derailed. The speed limit at that point was 60 km/h. Information presented led the Commissioner to find that the train driver suffered a sudden incapacitating heart attack at the controls of the train. An operational data logger was fitted to the train but was not operational at the time of the accident.

    Emergency response to the accident was made difficult by inaccurate information and lack of knowledge about access gates and tracks. Emergency service personnel had to work among catenary wires not knowing whether the electricity had been isolated. Emergency service personnel were also not aware of the emergency door release mechanism that would have facilitated a quick evacuation of passengers.

    Further information is available in the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Waterfall Rail Accident. Please visit the CityRail website:


  10. Re comment by Bob on the March 15, 1999 Bourbonnais, IL wreck, the official NTSB report placed the blame on the truck driver, and claimed that the warning devices were active. The NTSB report is available through a Google search.

  11. I’m inquiring about a wreck I saw a few years back. I forget exactly when it was, but pretty sure it was in China since 2000. I saw the article on TV just once and then have heard absolutely no reference to the article ever since anywhere. It was in a town, some freight trains collided and half the town was destroyed in an explosion blamed on chemicals carried by one of the trains. One train was stationary. Normally I would see more references to articles such as extra showings in the late evening, on updates and mentions here and there on some shows. I can’t even seem to find mention of it on the net. Does anyone else here recall such an incident? I’d love to hear more if you have. Cheers,.

  12. i lived in weyauwega for 9 years but wasnt alive to see the train wreck.darnit!

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  15. My Great Grandfather died in a train accident in South India in October 1954 in Andhra Pradesh. So your assumption that 1954 was a safe year, is actually incorrect

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  17. 1954 you say trains were safe,but march 17 1954 my dad,mom,and8month old cousin died because of a train and they were 7others in that car.i was one of more happened that year then you think.and it didn’t get listed,but killing a dear did.

  18. I think there was a train crash near Swift Current, Sask cApril 1950. many were killed ?You may want to look into this for your site.

  19. How about details on this one:

    Head-on Collision of Two Penn Central Freight Trains at Herndon, Pennsylvania, March 12, 1972

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  38. I missed a train wreck by one day. The train was the Island Express South India. It occurred on May 21st 1967. The newspapers reported 50 dead and 150 wounded. I was meant to be on the train, but postponed my travel by one day. The brakes failed and the train ran in to a sand bank at about 50 M.P. H. The accident occurred near the city of Jolarapet.

  39. I found this documentary that confirms the date of the above train wreck on May 21st 1967. I says that 40 souls were lost and they do not have a newspaper record. However, I remember the paper as it is seared into my brain. The paper said 50 dead 150 wounded. You have missed this wreck in your records.

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