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Train Crash In Great Britain

On the September 17, 1912 a serious crash occurred at Ditton station when the 5:30 Chester to Liverpool Train with 2 horse boxes and 7 coaches descended a steep grade hit a railroad bridge at the Ditton station going 60mph. The accident occurred because of confusion over signals and the driver thought that the train was to take the fast lines through the station but in fact the points were set for the slow lines. The train turned on its side and burst into flames killing a total of 15 people in the process. The train’s crew were killed along with all of the passengers in the first 2 coaches. The station soon caught fire and even though station employees and volunteers kept the fire at bay long enough to proceed with rescue operations, the station was eventually abandoned and consumed. A horse was thrown right over the bridge but somehow managed to survive.

The engine of the Chester to Liverpool Train after it struck to bridge at Ditton Station in going 60mph
September 17, 1912



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