List of United Kingdom rail accidents by death toll


List of United Kingdom rail accidents by death toll

This lists railway accidents in the UK sorted by death toll. It is complete for accidents causing 25 or more deaths and selective for those causing fewer. For a list sorted chronologically see List of rail accidents in the United Kingdom.

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More than 50 killed

* Quintinshill, 22 May 1915; 227 killed, 246 injured.
* Harrow and Wealdstone, 12 October 1952; 112 killed, 340 injured
* Lewisham, December 1957; 90 killed, 173 injured
* Armagh, 12 June 1889; 78 killed, 170 injured
* Tay Bridge, 28 December 1879; 75 killed

10 to 50 killed

* Hither Green, 5 November 1967; 49 killed, 78 injured
* Moorgate Underground, 28 February 1975; 43 killed, 74 injured
* Bourne End, 30 September 1945; 43 killed, 64 injured
* Castlecary, 10 December 1937; 35 killed, 179 injured
* Clapham Junction, 12 December 1988; 35 killed, 100+ injured
* Shipton-on-Cherwell, 24 December1874; 34 killed, 69 injured
* Abergele, 20 August 1868; 33 killed, 1+ injured
* South Croydon, 24 October 1947; 32 killed, 183 injured
* Ladbroke Grove, 5 October 1999; 31 killed, 400 injured
* Salisbury, 30 June 1906; 28 killed (24 passengers, 4 crew)
* Goswick, 27 October 1947; 27 killed
* Norton Fitzwarren, 4 November 1940; 27 killed
* Darlington, 27 June 1928; 25 killed
* Norwich Thorpe, 10 September 1874; 25 killed, 100+ injured
* Winsford, 17 April 1948; 24 killed
* Penistone, 16 July 1884; 24 killed
* Eccles, 30 December, 1941; 23 killed
* Clayton Tunnel, 25 August 1861; 23 killed, 176 injured
* Elliot Junction 28 December, 1906; 22 killed
* Lichfield, 1 January, 1946; 20 killed, 21 injured
* Hall Road (Liverpool) 10 July 1905; 20 killed
* St Bedes Junction, Jarrow, 18 December 1915; 19 killed
* Winsford, 26 December 1962; 18 killed
* Shrewsbury, 15 October 1911; 18 killed
* Sutton Coldfield, 23 January 1955; 17 killed
* Abermule, 26 January 1921; 17 killed
* Glasgow St Enoch, 27 July, 1903; 16 killed 27 injured
* Weedon, 21 September 1951; 15 killed
* Charfield, Gloucestershire, 13 October 1928; 15 killed {10 known dead}
* Ditton Junction, 17 September 1912; 15 killed
* Radstock, Somerset, 7 August, 1876; 15 killed
* Bridge Junction, Doncaster, 16 March 1951; 14 killed
* Lytham, 3 November 1924; 14 killed
* Ais Gill, 1 September 1913; 14 killed, 38 injured
* Polmont, 30 July 1984; 13 killed, 44 injured
* Barnes, 2 December 1955; 13 killed
* Welwyn Garden City, 15 June 1935; 13 killed, 85 injured
* Sevenoaks, 24 August 1927; 13 killed
* Grantham, 19 September 1906, 13 killed
* Taunton (fire), 6 July 1978; 12 killed, 19 injured
* Stratford, London, 8 April 1953; 12 killed
* Winwick Junction, 28 September 1934; 12 killed.
* Hull Paragon, 14 February 1927; 12 killed
* Hawes Junction, 24 December 1910; 12 killed.
* Hixon, 6 January 1968; 11 killed, 27 injured
* Milton, 20 November 1955; 11 killed
* Kings Langley, 13 March 1935; 11 killed
* Pontypridd, 23 January 1911; 11 killed
* Witham, 1 September 1905; 11 killed
* Selby, 28 February 2001; 10 killed, 80+ injured
* Ealing, 20 December 1973; 10 killed, 94 injured
* Dagenham East, 30 January 1958, 10 killed, 89 injured
* Irk Valley Junction, 15 August 1953; 10 killed
* Battersea Park, 2 April 1937; 10 killed
* Bere Ferrers, Devon, 24 September 1917; 10 killed
* Weedon, 14 August 1915; 10 killed
* Ilford, 1 January 1915; 10 killed
* Norton Fitzwarren, 1890; 10 killed
* Staplehurst 9 June 1865; 10 killed, 49 injured.

Fewer than 10 killed

* Stechford, 28 February 1967; 9 killed, 16 injured
* Lockington, 26 July 1986; 9 killed, 11 injured
* Thirsk, 2 November 1892; 8 killed, 39 injured
* Sonning Cutting, 24 December 1841; 9 killed, 17 injured
* Ufton Nervet, 6 November 2004; 7 killed, 150 injured - at level crossing
* Singleton Bank, 16 July 1961; 7 killed, 116 injured
* Potters Bar, 10 May 2002; 7 killed, 70 injured
* Paisley, 16 April 1979; 7 killed, 67 injured
* Thirsk, 31 July 1967; 7 killed, 45 injured
* Coulsdon North (then called "Stoats Nest"), 29 January 1910; 7 killed
* Southall, 19 September 1997; 6 killed, 150 injured
* Morpeth, May 1969; 6 killed, 121 injured
* Eltham Well Hall, 11 June 1972; 6 killed, 126 injured
* Nuneaton, June 1975; 6 killed 67 injured
* Accident at Ystrad Caron level crossing, Tregaron, Wales, 5 May 1953; 6 killed

5 killed

* Cowden, 15 October 1994; 5 killed, 12 injured - head on collision
* Purley Station, March 1989; 5 killed, 90 injured
* Invergowrie, October 1979; 5 killed, 52 injured
* Connington South, 5 March 1967; 5 killed, 18 injured
* Esholt Junction 9 June 1892; 5 killed; 29 injured
* Dee bridge disaster, 27 May 1847; 5 killed

4 killed

* Hatfield, 17 October 2000; 4 killed, 35 injured - shattered rail
* Tebay, 15 February 2004; 4 track workers killed; 3 injured
* Newton 21 July 1991; 4 killed, 22 injured
* Seer Green, 11 December 1981; 4 killed, 5 injured
* River Towy, 19 October 1987; 4 killed
* Motspur Park, 6 November 1947; 4 killed, 12 injured

3 killed

* Eccles, 4 December 1984; 3 killed, 68 injured
* Lincoln, 3 June 1962; 3 killed, 7 injured
* Dunmurry, 18 January 1980; 3 killed, 5 injured

2 killed

* Helpringham Fen, 6 December 2004; 2 killed
* Greenock, 25 June 1994; 2 killed - vandals placed blocks on the tracks.
* Cannon Street Station, 8 January 1991; 2 killed, 240 injured
* Glasgow, March 1989; 2 killed
* Chumhill, 26 March 1913; 2 track workers killed; 2 injured
* Cardiff, Wales, 21 April 1909; 3 killed - Boiler explosion

1 killed

* Grayrigg, Cumbria, 23 February 2007; 1 killed
* Copmanthorpe, 25 September, 2006; 1 killed
* Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, 10 July 2005; 1 killed [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/4672231.stm]
* Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, 3 August 2003; 1 killed [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/3120705.stm]
* Watford South, 8 August 1996; 1 killed, 69 injured
* Stafford, 8 March 1996; 1 killed, 22 injured
* Aisgill, 31 January 1995; 1 killed, 30 injured
* Stafford, August 1990; 1 killed, 35 injured
* St. Helens, November 1988; 1 killed, 18 injured
* Colwich, September 1986; 1 killed 60 injured
* Braunton Road, New Years Day, 1910; 1 track worker killed
* Pollokshields East, Glasgow, 11 June, 1974; 1 killed 4 injured
*Snowdon Mountain Railway, 6 April 1896; 1 killed, 2 injured (derailment)
* Parkside, 15 September 1830; 1 killed - William Huskisson became the first railway passenger fatality, at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

None killed

* Severn Tunnel, December 1991; 0 killed, 100 injured
* Winsford, 23 June 1999; 0 killed, 31 injured
* Newcastle Central Station, 30 November 1989; 0 killed, 15 injured
* Forest Gate, October 1987; 0 killed, 14 injured
* Norton Bridge, 16 October 2003; 0 killed, 1 injured

Disasters on railway premises

Several major disasters have taken place in London Underground stations though not involving trains; the Kings Cross fire of 1987 (31 killed); the Bethnal Green crush disaster of 1943 (173 killed; the as yet unopened station was being used as an air raid shelter); the flooding of Balham tube station by a bomb in 1940, killing 68, and similar bomb disasters at Bank (56 killed) and Marble Arch (20 killed) - see link; and the 39 civilians and 3 terrorists who died in the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

The collapse of the London Charing Cross station roof on 5 December 1905 also falls in this category; 6 people were killed.

ee also

*List of United Kingdom disasters by death toll


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