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Document Summary

The report into the collision between a passenger train and a cow at Polmont in 1984.

This document was published on 7th February 1985 by Department of Transport.

It was written by Maj. A. B. G. King.


This item is linked to the Accident at Polmont on 30th July 1984


The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 20 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Harry Knox and is in our Accident reports collection..

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"At 17.55, whilst travelling at about 85 mile/h, the DBSO collided with a cow that had gained access to the line. The leading bogie of the coach became derailed towards the cess, ran up the slope of a small cutting, and was followed into derailment by the rest of the train. The DBSO came to rest without its bogies, badly damaged, and on its side with the roof towards the top of the cutting and the cab facing Edinburgh. The second coach was turned end for end, badly damaged, and came to rest diagonally acrossthe adjacent track but upright. The remainder of the train was derailed but remained upright although somecoaches were badly damaged.

The driver of a similar train approaching in the opposite direction on the other line saw a coach 'somersaulting' from a distance and was able to bring his train to a stand 165111 short of the wreckage. The first of the emergency services were on the scene at 18.15, some 12 minutes after being called, but I regret to have to report that 13 passengers lost their lives and a further 14 passengers and 3 Railway Staff were taken seriously injured to hospital. Treatment for minor injuries was given to 44 others."

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