On this day: the Igandu train disaster

On the 24th of June, 2002 one of the deadliest train accidents in African history occurred near Igandu, Tanzania.

On the 24th of June, 2002 one of the deadliest train accidents in African history occurred near Igandu, Tanzania.

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A passenger train rolled backwards and down a hill, where it hit a goods train. 281 people died.

On this day: the Armagh rail disaster

Armagh rail disaster Sunday school outing to seaside in 1889 ended in horror with loss of 89 lives.

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On Wednesday the 12th of June, 1889 a train in Armagh, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) stalled and rolled into another. Amongst the people on board were Sunday school children on an excursion.

Eighty people died (though some reports state a higher death toll) in what was at the time Europe’s worst rail disaster.

On this day: the Violet Town rail accident

Southern Aurora collision, Violet Town, 7 February 1969.

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Otherwise known as the Southern Aurora rail disaster, the Violet Town accident happened in Australia on the 7th of February, 1969 on the overnight train between Sydney and Melbourne.

1969 Southern Aurora train crash at Violet Town

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Occurring about one kilometre out Violet Town in the state of Victoria, the accident happened when the driver of the passenger train, the Southern Aurora, had a heart attack and collided with a freight train.

Nine people died and forty were injured. The driver of the other train was one of the people killed, though he tried to take cover in the engine room.