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From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-6 9:11 AM 
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FIVE WORST TRAIN ACCIDENTS IN HISTORY

The Ufa Train Disaster – 575 Deaths

One late June evening in 1989, two passenger trains were passing each other between the towns of Ufa and Asha in the Ural Mountains. In total, there were over 1,300 passengers riding in nearly 40 cars attached to two train engines. The trains were carrying hundreds of children, both on their way to and from vacation camps on the beaches of the Black Sea.

Hundreds of meters away, a gas pipeline was leaking liquid gas into the gully where the trains were passing each other. The liquid gas formed a dense vapor in the valley, creating a tinderbox that was waiting for ignition. As the trains passed each other, one of the train’s wheels sparked and ignited the air.

he Guadalajara Train Disaster – About 600 Deaths

In the midst of a violent revolution, 1915 proved to be a turbulent year for Mexico. In 1913, President Francisco Madero was assassinated, creating a power vacuum and throwing the nation into turmoil. The presidency was passed to Victoriano Huerta, but Pancho Villa and Venustiano Carranza immediately challenged him, installing Carranza as the new ruler. However, Pancho Villa continued the revolution, betraying Carranza.

In early 1915, Carranza’s forces managed to capture a base from his former ally in southern Mexico called “Guadalajara.” As this was a major victory, Carranza arranged for the families of his troops to travel by train in order to meet them and celebrate. The train that carried them was 20 cars long, leaving Colima on January 22nd with over 900 passengers. It was packed to a greater capacity than it could handle—reports say that some passengers were hanging onto the roof and undercarriages.

As the train entered a valley, it began descending with greater and greater speeds. Passengers were thrown from the train as it traveled on curves at a far greater speed than it was designed for. Because its brakes failed, the train completely left the tracks and plummeted into a large canyon. The resulting deaths led to over 600 casualties. When Carranza’s troops heard the news, some of them reportedly committed suicide from grief.

The Bihar Train Disaster – Between 500 & 800 Deaths

In June of 1981, India was experience a rather harsh monsoon season. Waters caused the rivers to rise, and powerful winds blew against bridges, homes, and other structures. On June 6th, a 9-car train was packed with nearly 1,000 passengers. This far exceeded the upper limits of the train’s design—in addition, due to the commonality of illegal passengers, the passenger count may have been even higher in reality.

The train left the station in Mansi and was traveling to Saharsa in the state of Bihar. It was traveling on a bridge over an engorged river when the train engineer suddenly braked, causing seven of the nine cares to plummet into the Baghmati River. Here, some reports differ from each other. The Rural Development Ministry explained that the sudden braking is what caused the derailment—this is the commonly accepted explanation.

However, the chairman of the Indian Railways Board reported that high winds blew the train into the river. The truth, as it often is, may lie somewhere in the middle. The “sudden brake” story includes the credible detail that the engineer applied the brakes in order to avoid striking a cow that had wandered onto the tracks. The story goes that the engineer, a Hindu man, would have likely tried to avoid striking the sacred animal.

However, braking alone would not have caused derailment. Many experts believe that the rain caused the wheels of the train to slip and derail. Through a combination of a wandering animal, a stormy season, and the faith of the engineer, an estimated 600 people lost their lives. Due to the remote location of the disaster site, help did not arrive for hours. By then, an estimated 300 people were washed away by the river—which local fishermen refused to search for due to social taboos.

More at

https://www.arnolditkin.com/blog/train-accidents/the-5-worst-train-accidents-in-history/

  • Edited May 6, 2022 9:13 am  by  Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1)
 

 
From: bembidion1May-14 8:52 PM 
To: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 3) 
 348.2 in reply to 348.1 

My stepdad's father was killed in the train wreck touchingly documented by the man in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-hQvegSun8

 
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From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-15 4:38 AM 
To: bembidion1  (3 of 3) 
 348.3 in reply to 348.2 

Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear this.  How sad and horrible for evryone!

 

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