Injury claims solicitors in Armagh can handle your personal injury case
Armagh is a town in Ulster, Northern Ireland. The Armagh rail disaster of 12th June 1889 was the worst European railway accident of its time, and is still considered to be the fourth most severe UK railway tragedy to have ever taken place.
On the day of the accident, a crowded train taking a Sunday School party out for a seaside excursion left Armagh with more carriages than was originally expected; fifteen in total to carry the 940 passengers. Upon negotiating a steep incline in the track, the steam locomotive was unable to make the climb and stalled. The brakes were applied, and the crew were directed to divide the train into two portions. The first section would be taken over the hill to a nearby siding, with the remaining carriages to be collected and recoupled to the rest of the train afterwards.
Once the train was separated, it soon became clear that the procedure had not gone to plan. Much to everyone’s horror, the rear carriages ran away back down the hill towards Armagh. A scheduled train had just left Armagh Station and was making its way towards the hill. A collision ensued with the two rearmost carriages of the excursion train being destroyed, and a third carriage becoming very badly damaged. The debris tumbled down a 14 metre embankment. The scheduled locomotive was overturned, with the rest of its train uncoupling and running back along the track in the direction of Armagh.
Eighty people were killed and 260 injured. Approximately a third of the casualties were children. Shortly afterwards, an inquest was held with three of the train crew being committed for trial for manslaughter. The accident was put down to the inadequate application of the brakes, and the incorrect response to the train stalling. Although at the time of the inquest no blame was placed upon the management of the railway company, it has been argued that the driver should not have been expected to drive such a lengthy train with his limited experience.
Could our injury claims solicitors in Armagh help you with your injury claim?
If you have received personal injuries due to the negligence of another person, then you could be entitled to a compensation pay out. Our injury claims solicitors in Armagh could help you to obtain the money that you deserve. Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with a specialist injury solicitor in Armagh who is experienced in handling cases such as yours.
Our injury claims solicitors in Armagh will handle your case on a no-win, no-fee basis, and will not require any up-front payment. Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to obtain top quality legal representation from our injury solicitors in Armagh today.
Date Published: 8th December 2013
Author: David Brown