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Ealing rail crash

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Country  United Kingdom
Passengers  approx 650
Total number of deaths  10
Rail line  Great Western Main Line
Location  Ealing
Cause  unlocked battery box
Date  19 December 1973
Injuries  94
Trains  1
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Ealing rail crash


The Ealing rail crash was an accident on the British railway system that occurred on 19 December 1973. The 17:18 express train from London Paddington to Oxford—with approximately 650 passengers on board—was derailed while travelling at around 70 mph (110 km/h) between Ealing Broadway and West Ealing.

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Events

The locomotive, Class 52 diesel-hydraulic number 1007 Western Talisman, had spent the previous night at Old Oak Common depot and had had its batteries recharged. A door on the battery box had been left unlocked and fell open shortly into the journey. It hit the platform at Ealing Broadway, breaking the arms supporting it and allowing it to swing down and hit a point operating machine. The points moved under the locomotive, throwing it onto its side and derailing the coaches, which came to rest across the tracks.

Victims

Ten passengers were killed and 94 were injured.

References

Ealing rail crash Wikipedia


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