List of rail accidents (1960–69)
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This is a list of rail accidents from 1960 to 1969.
- January 21, 1960 – United Kingdom – Settle, Yorkshire: An express passenger train was derailed due to a defect on the BR Standard Class 7 locomotive hauling it. Five people were killed and nine were injured.
- January 28, 1960 – United Kingdom – An electric multiple unit overruns signals at Borough Market Junction, London and is in a sidelong collision with a diesel-electric multiple unit. Another electric multiple unit collides with the derailed train, Seven people are injured.
- March 1, 1960: Bakersfield, California, United States: The Chicago-bound San Francisco Chief collided with a fuel truck on Allen Road, just north of Rosedale Highway, killing 14: ten passengers, three crewmembers, and the driver of the truck.
- April 1, 1960 – United Kingdom – An electric multiple unit is in collision with a light engine between Loughborough Junction and Herne Hill due to a signalman's error. One person is killed and twelve are injured.
- May 15, 1960 – East Germany – Leipzig: Two local trains, collide in Leipzig central station owing to a default in the electricity supply to the station which also affected the signalling and a following dispatcher error. 54 people die, 200 are injured.
- June 3, 1960, an electric multiple unit train overruns signals at Waterloo and is in sidelong collision with a passenger train.
- November 16, 1960– Czechoslovakia – ; Stéblová train disaster: 118 people are killed and 110 injured in a head-on collision.
- November 29, 1960 – Canada – Lamont, Alberta: CN train collides with a school bus at a level crossing on the edge of town, killing 17 students.
- February 11, 1961 – United Kingdom – An express freight train is derailed near Rugby, Warwickshire. The wagons foul the adjacent line, and are run into by an express passenger train. Two people are killed.
- February 13, 1961 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train runs into a freight train at Baschurch, Shropshire. Three people are killed.
- February 1961 – United Kingdom – A diesel multiple unit runs away and crashes through buffer stops and into houses at Royton, Lancashire. The train then catches fire. The driver was seriously injured.
- March 11, 1961 – Taiwan – 27 killed, 15 injured when a south-bound passenger train (#3001 Diesel Limited Express) smashed into a truck carrying soldiers at level crossing between Linfengyin (林鳳營) and Longtien (隆田), Tainan
- March 20, 1961 – United Kingdom – A diesel electric multiple unit and an electric multiple unit collide at Cannon Street, London due to the driver of the latter misreading signals. Twelve people are injured.
- April 11, 1961 – United Kingdom – An electric multiple unit overruns signals and crashes into another at Waterloo station, London. One person is killed and fourteen are injured.
- April 18, 1961 – United Kingdom – During single-line working, a passenger train is derailed between Laindon and Pitsea, Essex when a linesman clips trap points in the open position.
- July 8, 1961 – Taiwan – 48 killed, 28 injured when a south-bound passenger train (#11 Limited Express) smashed into a bus at level crossing in Minxong (民雄), Chiayi.
- July 16, 1961 – United Kingdom – Singleton Bank rail crash: The 8:50 diesel multiple unit train from Colne to Fleetwood collided with the rear of a ballast train at about 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) near Weeton, Lancashire, England. Seven were killed (the driver and six passengers) and 116 were injured.
- September 2, 1961 – United Kingdom – A train is derailed at Bournemouth Central, Dorset after overrunning signals.
- October 16, 1961 – United Kingdom – A freight train runs away at Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire and is derailed by trap points.
- December 7, 1961 – United Kingdom – A steam locomotive passes a signal not showing a clear danger aspect and collides with a freight train at Bodmin General station, Cornwall.
- December 14, 1961 – United States – Auburn, Colorado: The Union Pacific passenger train "City of Denver" en route to Denver collides with a school bus carrying 36 children bound for Delta and Arlington elementary schools, Meeker Junior High, and Greeley High. 20 of the children were killed, 16 children and the driver survived.
- December 15, 1961 – United Kingdom – A down freight train runs into the rear of another at Conington, Huntingdonshire during Permissive Block Working. An up freight train runs into the wreckage, followed a few minutes later by another up freight train.
- December 23, 1961 – Italy – Fiumarella rail disaster: a Cosenza–Catanzaro train derails on a bridge near Catanzaro. 70 people die and 27 are injured.
- December 26, 1961 – United States – One man died and 38 others sustained non-life-threatening injuries when four cars of a train derailed while rounding the curve just north of York-Dauphin Station. The deceased was identified as Earl Giberson, a 64-year-old man.
- January 7, 1962 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed by trap points near Mirfield, Yorkshire.
- January 8, 1962 – Netherlands – The Harmelen train disaster, the deadliest railway accident in the history of The Netherlands, occurs when Utrecht - Rotterdam express train driver misses a warning signal in fog and passes a red signal to collide nearly head-on with another passenger train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. 91 people (including both drivers) die, 54 are injured of which 2 lost their lives while in hospital.
- January 9, 1962 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed at Kentish Town, London.
- February 2, 1962 – United Kingdom – A passenger train is in a rear-end collision with a freight train at Polmont, Stirlingshire due to a signalman's error. Five people are injured.
- March 3, 1962 – Italy – Castel Bolognese train disaster. The Bari–Milan train derails while entering the station of Castel Bolognese, Ravenna, killing 13 and injuring 80.
- May 3, 1962 – Japan – Mikawashima train crash; a 6-car commuter train bound for Toride collides with a derailed freight train, and is then hit head on by another train bound for Ueno at Mikawashiima station, Jōban Line, Tokyo, killing 160 people and injuring another 296.
- May 31, 1962 – Italy – Voghera train crash; a freight train collides with a passenger train at Voghera railway station, Lombardy, killing 63 and injuring 40.
- June 4, 1962 – United Kingdom – The Night Scotsman express passenger train is derailed at Lincoln due to excessive speed on a curve. Nine people are killed and 49 injured.
- June 11, 1962 – Argentina – Villa Soldati level crossing tragedy : 42 people are killed and 88 are injured, when a bus is hit by an express train in Villa Soldati in southwest Buenos Aires.
- July 23, 1962 – France – Velars-sur-Ouche, Bourgogne: A Paris–Marseille express train derailed, killing at least 39 people and injuring another 49.
- August 1, 1962 – United Kingdom – An electric multiple unit is derailed at Barnham, West Sussex when points move under it due to an electrical fault. Thirty-eight people are injured.
- August 25, 1962 – United Kingdom – A passenger train comes to a halt near Totnes, Devon due to a fault in the diesel locomotive hauling it. Another passenger train runs into its rear due to driver error. Twenty-three people are injured.
- October 9, 1962 – Poland – Moszczenica (near Piotrków Trybunalski): express Warsaw–Budapest slams into derailed cars of regional express Gliwice–Warsaw. Official death toll is 34 people killed and 67 injured, but the real toll is probably far higher.
- October 16, 1962 – United Kingdom – A London Transport electric multiple unit runs into the rear of another near Watford Junction, Hertfordshire. Eleven people are injured.
- December 26, 1962 – United Kingdom – Coppenhall Junction rail crash Signal passed at danger, 18 people killed.
- April 1, 1963 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed near Weedon, Northamptonshire due to a defective wagon and fouls the adjacent line. An express passenger train collides with the derailed wagons.
- April 28, 1963 – United States – A freight train derails near Dillsburg, Pennsylvania leaking chlorine gas. Eventually a propane explosion rocks the neighborhood and the mushroom cloud can be seen for miles.
- May 27, 1963, – United Kingdom – A Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway train from Hythe to New Romney, United Kingdom, hauled by Hercules suffers a fault in its brake system. The driver manages to get the train running, but at only 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h). The train is run in to by the following train, hauled by Typhoon, derailing a number of carriages and causing a number of injuries.
- August 1, 1963 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train overruns signals and collides with a passenger train at Norton Junction, Staffordshire.
- August 1, 1963 – United Kingdom – A passenger train formed of electric multiple units is derailed at Barnham station, West Sussex due to an electrical fault causing a point motor to operate a set of points as the train approaches them. Thirty-eight people are injured.
- August 15, 1963 – United Kingdom – Knowle and Dorridge rail crash: An express passenger train is in collision with a freight train at Knowle and Dorridge station, Warwickshire due to a signalman's error. Three people are killed.
- September 10, 1963 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed between Longfield and Farningham Road, Kent following a coupling failure due to defects on a wagon.
- November 9, 1963 – Japan – Tsurumi rail accident: a twelve car Yokosuka-Tokyo commuter train collides with three cars of a freight train which had derailed, and hits head on the Tokyo-Zushi commuter train during slow speed, and crushing four passenger cars at Tsurumi–Shin-Koyasu, Yokosuka and Tokaido Line, Yokohama, killing at least 161 people, another 120 are injured.
- December 5, 1963 – Ireland – Mullingar, County Westmeath: A broken down passenger train is run into by the locomotive sent to rescue it. Sixteen people are injured.
- February 1, 1964 – Argentina – Altamirano rail disaster' - near Buenos Aires: A Mar del Plata-Buenos Aires Firefly Express with 1,040 passengers on board collided head-on with a freight train, killing 34 people.
- April 7, 1964 – United Kingdom – A freight train was derailed near Howe & Co's Signalbox, Cumberland.
- May 28, 1964 – United Kingdom – A passenger train derails at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire due to excessive speed on a curve. Three people are killed, 27 are hospitalised.
- November 15, 1964 – United Kingdom – A freight train crashes at Adolphus Street Goods Yard, Bradford, Yorkshire after the crew lose control and jump clear. The locomotive is consequently scrapped in situ.
- March 8, 1965 – United Kingdom – a freight train is derailed at Streatham Common, London. All four tracks of the Brighton Main Line are blocked.
- May 7, 1965 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed at Preston-le-Skerne, County Durham. The wagons foul adjacent lines and another freight train runs into them.
- September 22, 1965 – United Kingdom – An electric multiple unit collides with a double decker bus on a level crossing between Angmering and Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex due to errors by the crossing keeper. Three people are killed and eight are injured.
- December 8, 1965 – Burma – A Yangon–Mandalay nightly express train ploughed into a standing passenger train, with killing 80 people and injuring 100 in Toungoo, Bago Division.
- January 2, 1966 – United States – The last two cars of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad's South Wind derail near Franklin, Kentucky, injuring 19 of an estimated 400 passengers on board. The last car, a private coach owned by Robert T. Hogan of Oak Park, Illinois, turns over on its side, injuring him and several members of his family, while passengers in the next coach, which derails but stays upright, were injured by baggage stored overhead striking them in the head and back.
- January 7, 1966 – United States – D&H freight train derailed at the NY Route 206 grade crossing in Bainbridge, New York, killing 2 people.
- February 9, 1966 – United Kingdom – Two coaches of a London-bound commuter train burst into flame as the train moved at around 65 miles an hour, with scores of passengers jumping from the blazing cars which was finally stopped near Radlett, 20 miles north of London. Thirty-three persons, many of them stretcher cases with burns, were taken to hospitals. Others were treated beside the tracks where the train halted after passengers pulled the emergency cord. Rescue officials praised the quick action of John Allam, chief test pilot for the nearby Handley-Page Aircraft plant, in sounding an alarm that brought firemen and ambulances to the scene within minutes. He also notified a signalman up the line to halt following trains. The fire was caused by a broken shaft puncturing a fuel tank. The shaft probably broke due to the presence of instrumentation as part of a trial.
- June 13, 1966 – India – Two suburban commuter EMU trains collide head-on in torrential monsoon rain between Matunga and Sion railway stations, Bombay, killing 57 and injuring 106, 42 seriously. Motorman cabins and first few coaches of both trains were crushed. Coaches telescoped into each other and climbed over the adjacent coaches. It was thought the heavy monsoon rains might have disrupted signalling system.
- July 13, 1966 – United States – Cherryville, North Carolina, Seaboard Air Line trains #45 & #46 hit head on on east side of city killing J.W. Pait, of Hamlet, NC and destroying 6 locomotives and derailing 22 cars. GP-9's 1911-1927-1963-1971-1979 and F-3,4027 were units destroyed.
- July 15, 1966 – United Kingdom – Kingham, Oxfordshire. An express passenger train derails due to the movement of a switch blade on a set of points. The switch blade was able to move because bolts had been removed and the blade had not been clamped. Seventeen people are injured.
- July 27, 1966 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed near Sittingbourne, Kent. The line is blocked for two days.
- August 14, 1966 – United Kingdom – A passenger train is derailed when it runs into a landslip at Ardoch, Dumfriesshire.
- October 7, 1966 – Canada – The Dorion level crossing accident: A merchant CN Rail train traveling at an excessive speed collides with a school bus at a level-crossing in Dorion, Quebec, killing 19 of 40 teenage students and the bus driver.
- November 28, 1966 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed at Raynes Park, London. The derailed wagons collide with a footbridge over the line, blocking it for two days.
- March 5, 1967 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train is derailed at Conington, Huntingdonshire due to a signalman moving a set of points under the train. Five people are killed and eighteen are injured. The signalman is subsequently convicted of endangering persons being conveyed on the railway but found not guilty on a manslaughter charge. He is sentenced to two years' imprisonment.
- July 6, 1967 – East Germany – Langenweddingen level crossing disaster, Langenweddingen near Magdeburg: Because of an overstretched cable preventing the proper operation of a level crossing's barriers, a local train collides with lorry carrying 15,000 litres of light petrol and ignites. 94 people killed, of which 44 are children on a holiday transit. After the accident, barrier-dependent train signalling was introduced on the DR network.
- July 31, 1967 – United Kingdom – Thirsk rail crash (1967), an express train from King's Cross to Edinburgh collides at speed with the wreckage of a derailed freight train. Seven killed and 45 injured, 15 seriously.
- November 5, 1967 – United Kingdom – Hither Green rail crash, a broken rail causes a derailment resulting in 49 deaths.
- November 28, 1967 – United Kingdom – A newspaper train derails at Raynes Park, London, crashing into a footbridge and severely damaging it.
- January 6, 1968 – United Kingdom – Hixon rail crash, England: A Manchester-London express strikes a vehicle carrying a 122-tonne (120-long ton) transformer at an automatic level crossing. Eleven people are killed and 27 seriously injured.
- June 24, 1968 – Switzerland – Sion: A freight train collides head-on with a train carrying 300 passengers on an outing. 12 killed, 103 injured, 17 seriously.
- December 12, 1968 – Hungary – Mende: A fast passenger train collides head-on with a freight train. 43 people killed, 60 injured.
- January 4, 1969 – United Kingdom – Marden rail crash, a passenger train runs into the back of a parcels train after passing a signal at danger. Four people killed, eleven injured.
- May 7, 1969 – United Kingdom – A passenger train derails at Morpeth, Northumberland due to excessive speed on a curve. Six people killed and 21 injured.
- June 10, 1969 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed at Lichfield, Staffordshire due to heat-buckled track.
- July 13, 1969 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train is derailed at Somerton, Somerset due to heat-buckled track.
- July 15, 1969 – United Kingdom – A freight train is derailed at Lamington, Scotland due to heat-buckled track.
- July 23, 1969 – United Kingdom – An express passenger train is derailed at Sandy, Bedfordshire due to heat-buckled track.
- August 20, 1969 – United States – Darien, Connecticut: Two New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad electric multiple units collide head-on along the single-track New Canaan Branch. Three crew and one passenger die, due to crew's disregard of train orders.
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