Lewisham Rail Accident
Lewisham Train Crash. On the evening of 4 December 1957 a dense blanket of fog covered London and trains were running late. The 5:18 pm Charing Cross to Hayes, consisting 10-car electric multiple units carrying nearly 1,500 passengers, stopped at a danger signal at Parks Bridge Junction on the Lewisham by-pass line, under a bridge carrying rail tracks over the line. Trains were running out of order because of the fog and the Parks Bridge Junction signalman wished to speak to the driver by the telephone at the signal to confirm the train's identity and destination. At approximately 6:20 pm the train was struck from behind by a steam locomotive hauling 11 coaches carrying about 700 passengers and travelling at about 30 miles per hour from Cannon Street to Ramsgate via Folkestone. The collision threw the tender and leading coach off the track, dislodging a pier of the bridge, causing it to fall and crush two coaches. Two minutes later a train due to pass over the bridge stopped short, although its leading coach was derailed. There were 90 fatalities and a large number people were taken to hospital, of whom 109 were admitted.Our Picture Shows: Rescue workers cutting through the wreckage
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