Friday, October 27, 2017

Beresfield's rail accident 1997

From the Maitland Mercury report:
On this day in 1997 Beresfield train station was wiped out in seconds. On the morning of October 23 coal train DR396 was returning to Port Waratah, Newcastle, after taking on a full load of coal from the Drayton loading terminal in the Hunter Valley. At 6.32am the FreightCorp coal train ran through a red signal and ploughed into the rear of a second coal train.
The collision caused a massive derailment that blocked all four tracks of the Main Northern line.
Incredibly, no one was killed in the accident with the two drivers of the rogue train leaping from the cabin before impact. The driver and observer suffered serious injuries, as did a person standing on the station platform. The stationmaster also suffered minor injuries.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, October 23 2017.