Accident: Ladbroke Grove rail crash

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Accident: Ladbroke Grove rail crash Gender: N/A
born on 5 October 1999 at 08:08 (= 08:08 AM )
Place Ladbroke Grove London, England, 51n3130, 0w1303
Timezone BST h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Timed documented source, news
Rodden Rating A
Collector: AA-GB
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 11°36' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 21°23 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 21°19'


British railway crash: The Ladbroke Grove rail crash (also known as the Paddington rail crash) was a rail accident which occurred on 5 October 1999 at Ladbroke Grove in London, England, United Kingdom. With 31 people killed and 417 injured, it remains one of the worst rail accidents in 20th-century British history.

As an outbound train, the train (carried by a three-car Class 165 Turbo diesel multiple unit) would have been routed onto the Down Main line at Ladbroke Grove. It should have been held at a red signal at Portobello Junction until this could be done safely. Instead, it ran past the signal; the points settings beyond this brought it, in under 600 metres (2,000 ft), onto the Up Main Line at Ladbroke Grove. At about 8:09, as it was entering that line, it collided nearly head-on and at a combined speed of about 130 mph (210 km/h) with the 06:03 First Great Western train from Cheltenham to Paddington.

The immediate cause of the disaster was the Turbo train passing a red signal (numbered SN109 on gantry 8 overhead beside four signals serving other tracks) at which the train should have been stopped. The signal had been showing a red aspect, and the preceding signal (SN87) had been showing a single yellow which should have led the driver to be prepared for a red at SN109. Since the driver, 31-year-old Michael Hodder, had been killed in the accident, it was not possible to establish why he had passed the signal at danger. However, Hodder was inexperienced, having qualified as a driver two weeks before the crash.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Transit T19990406 page 20. The London Fire Brigade implies 08:08/08:09 as the train left at 08:06, went through a signal 2 minutes later and crashed 33 seconds after that. Same time in Wikipedia.


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