Train wreck

A train wreck, train collision, train accident or train crash is a type of disaster involving one or more trains. Train wrecks often occur as a result of miscommunication, as when a moving train meets another train on the same track; or an accident, such as when a train wheel jumps off a track in a derailment; or when a boiler explosion occurs. Train wrecks have often been widely covered in popular media and in folklore.

Versailles rail accident in 1842, 55 people were killed including the French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville.
Wheels from Engine Tender #013 which was destroyed in a wreck in 1907 on a bridge over Village Creek between Silsbee and Beaumont, Texas. The wheels are on display in the Arizona Railway Museum.

A head-on collision between two trains is colloquially called a "cornfield meet" in the United States.[1]

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  • Aldrich, Mark. Death Rode the Rails: American Railroad Accidents and Safety, 1828-1965 (2006) excerpt

External linksEdit

  • BBC News: World's worst rail disasters
  • A signalman (1874). A voice from the signal-box: or, railway accidents and their causes . London: Longmans, Green, & Co.