A diesel passenger train and a goods train crashed head-on just outside Pontrhydyfen Station, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, UK, Nov 24.
Map scene...of accident
SV Showing train wreck, coach and engine concertinated together.
LV Telescoped coaches, firemen and rescuers on embankment.
SV Engine and first coach telescoped together.
STV Overturned coal truck and wreckage
CU coaches telescoped
SV Fire brigade on embankment.
CU telescoped coaches
LV coaches and engine telescoped, rain evident.
Initials EHR/BA/B/CW BA/V/AHS/CW/ES
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Background: 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.