Train incidents may make you eligible for Sutton Coldfield no obligation accident claims
The Sutton Coldfield is found in the south of London and in 1955, it was the location of a train crash that is known as the Sutton Coldfield train crash. The Sutton Coldfield train crash happened when an express passenger train that was coming from York and travelling to Bristol became derailed when it hit speeds that were excessive on a sharp curve on the railway track. The train was a LMS Class steam locomotive train and was carrying ten carriages when it was approaching the railway station at Sutton Coldfield at a speed that was estimated to be 55-60 miles per hour. Speeds permitted in that section of the track is 30 miles per hour and when the train reached the sharp curve that is just before the station, it derailed and hit the station platforms.
Serious damage was made to the station buildings, train carriages and engine. The engine and the second carriage crushed the first carriage in the derailment. The fourth carriage was thrown into the air and it hit the roof of the station. In total, seventeen people were killed and 25 were injured in the incident.
Two locals were the first to react to the crash and made the important move to stop the following train from heading to the crash site. They were successful and with the alarm being raised by employees of the railway, signals and detonators were able to warn other trains about the crash. Over 40 ambulances attended the crash site and the Birmingham Accident Hospital sent a mobile surgical unit.
After the crash, investigations were made into the cause of the accident and the excessive speed was reported as the main cause but the reason for the excessive speed by the driver of the train has never been determined. The driver had taken this particular line many times and there was no mechanical failure in the train. Possible reasons that have been given are that the driver was trying to make up time or the speed was misjudged as there is no speedometer on a steam locomotive.
If you are injured in a train accident then there is a good chance that you are eligible for Sutton accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline.
Sutton Coldfield no obligation accident claims can come from a train incident
Sutton Coldfield no obligation accident claims for compensation are made by calling Accident Advice Helpline on the relevant phone number that you can find at the top of the page.
Date Published: 3rd January 2015
Author: David Brown