Not all incidents involving a train are the usual derailment stories or slips, trips and falls on the platform edge. Sometimes, victims of incidents involving a train suffer some extraordinarily bizarre events, leading to myriad severe train-related injuries and even death.
Extreme incidents involving a train
Just how bizarre are these incidents involving a train? We take a look at the top three freak train incidents.
1. St Louis ghost train
For over 100 years, residents in Saskatchewan, St Louis, have reported sightings of a supposed ghost train which makes its way through the town.
Reports speak of a bright light, representing the front end of the train getting closer and closer along the railway line. Yet, before the train reaches the rail line crossing, the light simply vanishes.
2. Japanese National Railway incidents
The JNR incidents were a series of three incidents involving a train that all coincided with the appointment of a new JNR president. Sadanori Shimoyama, the new president, never made it to work on the 5 July 1949, when his body was discovered mangled on train tracks.
Days later, an unmanned train was purposely sent crashing into Mitaka Station, killing six and injuring 20 more.
Then, a month later, another train derailed, killing three crew members. It was discovered joints and spikes had been removed from the track.
Many JNR activists were sentenced for planning and causing the incidents. These sentences have since been overturned; many believe the incidents were a government led conspiracy against the JNR Union.
3. The Sri Lanka tsunami rail disaster
The single most deadly rail accident in history, claiming over 1700 lives.
When a giant earthquake struck the Indian Ocean, triggering a Tsunami, the train was unable to be reached by authorities telling it to stop. Hit by several waves, carriages flooded and, due to the overcrowding on board, no doors could be opened, leading to
everyone on board drowning.
Many people in the village had taken refuge on or behind the train as well, but the waves were too strong, carrying the train 100 metres into houses and walls, killing almost everyone
around the carriages.
It remains to be surpassed as the worst train disaster in our history.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice