Background: Major Train Disasters

Published April 24, 2004

| Associated Press

A list of some of the major train disasters since 1900:

— May 22, 1915: Passenger train collides with a troop train in Gretna, Scotland. 227 people killed.

— Dec. 12, 1917: Troop train derails near the entrance of Mt. Cenis tunnel in Modane, France. 543 killed.

— Jul. 9, 1918: An inbound local train collides with an outbound express killing 101 in Nashville, Tenn. 171 injured.

— Jan. 16, 1944: Train wrecks in the Torro Tunnel in Leon Province, Spain. More than 500 killed.

— Mar. 2, 1944: Train stalls in a tunnel in Salerno, Italy, suffocating passengers. 521 killed.

— Oct. 22, 1949: Danzig-Warsaw express derails in Nr. Dwor, Poland. More than 200 killed.

— Apr. 3, 1955: Train plunges into a canyon in Guadalajara, Mexico. 300 killed.

— Sept. 29, 1957: Express train collides with stationary oil train in Montgomery, West Pakistan. 250 killed.

— Feb. 1, 1970: Express train rams stationary commuter train in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 236 killed.

— Oct. 6, 1972: Train carrying religious pilgrims derails and catches fire in Saltillo, Mexico. 208 killed.

— June 6, 1981: Train crashes after bridge collapses in flash floods during monsoon in Bihar, India. More than 400 killed.

— Jan. 4, 1990: Overcrowded 16-car passenger train collides with standing freight train in Sindh Province, Pakistan. More than 210 killed.

— Sept. 22, 1994: Faulty brakes cause a train to plunge into a ravine in Tolunda, Angola. 300 killed.

— Aug. 20, 1995: A speeding passenger train crashes into a train that had stalled after hitting a cow in Firozabad, India. 358 killed.

— Aug. 2, 1999: Two express trains collide head-on in Gauhati, India. More than 285 killed.

— Feb. 20, 2002: An overcrowded train en route from Cairo to the southern Egyptian city of Luxor burst into flames, then travels 2½ miles before the driver stops. More than 360 people die.

— Feb. 18, 2004: Runaway train cars carrying fuel and industrial chemicals derail, setting off explosions destroy five villages in Neyshabur, Iran. At least 200 people killed.

— Apr. 22, 2004: Two trains carrying explosives collide as they are being shifted to different tracks at a single station in Ryongchon, North Korea. 154 killed; 1,300 injured.

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