A diesel passenger train and a goods train crashed head-on just outside Pontrhydyfen Station, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, UK, Nov 24.
A diesel passenger train and a goods train crashed head-on just outside Pontrhydyfen Station, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, UK, Nov 24. The passenger train driver and the fireman of the goods train were killed.
Thirty other people-many of them women-were taken to hospital. It was dark and raining when the two trains collided on a bend on the single-line track. The front part of the three-carriage diesel train was twisted and telescoped into the steam engine.
On one side of the crash scene is a 70-foot escarpment falling down to the River Avon. An eyewitness said: "If the steam engine had gone over the escarpment it would have taken the whole lot down with it." Four coal trucks of the goods train crashed over.
A police official said: "How any came out alive from all that mess I don't know" Only then minutes before, 100 people had got off a Port Talbot. The diesel train was travelling from Barry Island to Swansea, South Wales.