• Short Summary

    A diesel passenger train and a goods train crashed head-on just outside Pontrhydyfen Station, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, UK, Nov 24.

  • Description

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6WKK21QLKS300TU30JCYY4JL6
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WKK21QLKS300TU30JCYY4JL6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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