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The report into the derailment and flooding of a passenger train on a collapsed bridge, during heavy floods in Wales in 1987.
This document was published on 31st January 1990 by Department of Transport.
It was written by A Cooksey.
This item is linked to the Accident at Glanrhyd on 19th October 1987
The original document format was Scanned Images, and comprised 42 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Bob Spowart and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 8th March 2006.
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"On the morning of the accident [the farmers] had got up for milking at the usual time of about quarter past six and as they were crossing the yard they heard a cow bellowing from a field. The floodwater from the river was up to the farm house and he decided to wait for daylight before gomg to investigate.
Shortly after seven o'clock with daylight just coming in he made his way across the road and into the fields alongside a fence. He said that he was up to his waist in water and the water was flowing too strongly for him to walk through it without hanging onto the fence..He was in the same field as the bridge but the closest he was able to get to it was some 400 yards.
He told me that when he looked towards the bridge, which normally looked quite high when viewed from the field, it "had gone". Although it was still quite dark and raining he could see the bridge against the lighter background. He said that there was a piece of the bridge at each side but he could see a 'V' shape in the middle of the bridge.
Before he was able to return to the farm to telephone he heard a train approaching. He hurried through the water towards the house and got within about 50 yards of it, some 500 to 600 yards from the bridge, when he saw the train crash into the river. He said the first carriage appeared to take off when it reached the collapsed part of the bridge and landed on the other side. It went out of sight into the water and then came back up and floated. He then made his way back to the house and telephoned the police."
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