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Lewisham train disaster

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Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

Lewisham train disaster

Event  From 4/12/1957  To 4/12/1957

Categories: Tragedy

The colision actually happened at St John's station, one stop to the north-west) which is close to Lewisham. It was a very foggy night and an electric train was being held at a red signal. It was struck from behind by a steam train on the same track whose driver had failed to see two yellow caution signals. He was subsequently put on trial for manslaughter, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict. A second trial was convened, but cancelled because the driver's mental health had been severely impaired. 90 people were killed and 173 injured. In terms of loss of life, it ranks as the third worst rail crash in the UK.

Londonist points out that Lewisham has suffered three significant train disasters: 1857 (east of station), 1957 (St Johns) and 1967 (Hither Green). That recurring 7 is a bit spooky, isn't it?

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