Dense fog shrouded twenty-five counties in Britain Nov. 12. Ships were held up in the?
Dense fog shrouded twenty-five counties in Britain Nov. 12. Ships were held up in the Pool of London; train services out of the city were cut; cars were abandoned; buses crawled in convoy through the streets; and London Airport was helplessly fog-bound for over twenty-four hours.
Thirteen people were injured when the London-Tilbury steam train ploughed into the London-Southend train at East Ham, East London, Nov. 12, during the all-enveloping fog. The Southend train was running late and had been delayed at East Ham station.
The last two coaches of the Southend train were telescoped, and firemen worked with oxy-acetylene burners to free the trapped passengers. Nine injured went to hospital, only one, the only woman hurt, wad detained.
Ice and frost were additional hazards on Britain's roads, where visibility was down to zero, and where some police car patrols had stopped - marooned police officers parked at the roadside radioing condition reports back to their headquarters.
High wind and heavy rain Nov. 13 has fortunately driven the fog away from the Home Counties, and transport is functioning almost normally.