The report on the collision between two passenger trains at Wortley West Junction in 1950.
This document was published on 11th January 1951 by Ministry of Transport.
It was written by Brigadier C. A. Langley.
This item is linked to the Accident at Wortley West Junction on 2nd December 1950
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 29th November 2006.
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"As a result of irregular block working, the 8.42 pm. London Midland Up passenger train from Low Moor to Leeds was allowed to enter the Armley Moor-Wortley West section before it had been accepted by the box ahead. After standing for some minutes at the Wortley West Home signal it had moved forward and stopped near the signal box for the fireman to rejoin the engine, when it was overtaken and struck at about 30 m.p.h. by the 8.50 pm. Eastern Region passenger train from Bradford to Leeds, which had also been wrongly allowed to enter the section.
There were only five passengers in the first and three in the second train ; of these, six were taken to hospital and two were detained with serious injuries. The guard of the leading train was also injured and detained in hospital and four other Railway servants were treated for shock. Assistance was rapidly forthcoming, the first ambulance arrived in less than 20 minutes and all the injured were soon on their way to hospital. Prompt steps were taken to protect the running lines. "
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