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Document Summary

The report on the collision between two passenger trains at Luton in 1955.

This document was published on 11th May 1956 by Ministry of Transport.

It was written by Brigadier C. A. Langley.


This item is linked to the Accident at Luton on 22nd December 1955


The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 7 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 30th July 2007.

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"The 6.45 pm. train from St. Pancras to Leicester arrived at Luton at 7.44 pm. Eight minutes later as the train was leaving the station three passengers attempted to board it, but one of them got into difficulties and the guard promptly stopped the train with the rear three coaches still at the platform. There was a delay while the incident was investigated, and in the meantime the 7.10 p.m. express from St. Pancras to Derby was accepted by the Luton South box. The acceptance was in order but the train passed the Luton South distant signal at caution and the home signal at danger, and it then collided with the rear of the Leicester train at about 20 m.p.h.

I regret to report that one passenger was killed and 23 were injured, of whom 12 were detained in hospital."

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