• Short Summary

    THE DEATH TOLL IN LAST NIGHT'S SOUTH LONDON TRAIN CRASH ROSE TO 51 EARLY TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN A NUMBER OF THE INJURED DIED IN HOSPITAL.

  • Description

    THE DEATH TOLL IN LAST NIGHT'S SOUTH LONDON TRAIN CRASH ROSE TO 51 EARLY TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN A NUMBER OF THE INJURED DIED IN HOSPITAL. A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID III PASSENGERS WERE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL AND A FURTHER RISE IN THE DEATH TOLL COULD NOT BE RULED OUT.

    THE CROWDED 12-COACH TRAIN CARRIED MAINLY YOUNG PEOPLE RETURNING TO THEIR JOBS IN THE CAPITAL AFTER A WEEKEND WITH THEIR FAMILIES ON THE SOUTH COAST. THE FRONT DIESEL UNIT SUDDENLY BROKE AWAY FROM THE REST OF THE TRAIN AND ROLLED SAFELY TO A HALT IN HITHER GREEN STATION A QUARTER OF A MILE AWAY (400 METRES).

    BUT THE NEXT FOUR COACHES SMASHED ON THEIR SIDES, SCREENING ALONG IN A SHOWER OF SPARKS BEFORE SLAMMING TO A HALT IN A SPRAWL OF SPLINTERED WOOD AND TANGLED METAL.

    THE REMAINING SEVEN CARRIAGES CRUNCHED TO A STANDSTILL NEARBY, LEANING CRAZILY OFF THE RAILS.

    WITHIN SECONDS OF THE CRASH EMERGENCY CALL BROUGHT A TEAM OF MEDICAL SERVICES, FIREMEN AND RAILWAY WORKERS. A STREAM OF AMBULANCES FERRIED THE INJURED TO HOSPITAL AND A TEMPORARY MORTUARY WAS SET UP NEARBY.

    WORKMEN STRUGGLED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT WITH HEAVY LIFTING GEAR TO CLEAR THE SHATTERED REMAINS OF THE COACHES FROM 200 YARDS (METRES) OF TRACK ON ONE OF LONDON'S MAIN RAIL LINKS WITH THE SOUTH COAST.

    BRITISH RAILWAYS CHIEF, SIR STANLEY RAYMOND, IMMEDIATELY ORDERED A FULL PROBE INTO THE CAUSE OF THE DISASTER. HE SAID THE DRIVER, WHO ESCAPED UNHURT, HAD ALREADY BEEN INTERVIEWED BY INVESTIGATORS.

    THE DISASTER OCCURRED ONLY A FEW MILE FROM THE LEWISHAN SUBURB WHERE 90 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN ANOTHER RAIL CRASH TEN YEARS AGO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9Y2AYMDPA9I9K891HTPM8URA3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9Y2AYMDPA9I9K891HTPM8URA3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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