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Saturday, 13 January 2007
Train derailed at Hooley

derailed train

This is the derailed train at Hooley - the 1059 GMT Southern service from Bognor Regis to London Victoria.  It is stuck between Merstham and Coulsdon South as the front carriage derailed when it hit what was described on the radio as “an avalanche”.  As you can see the train is in a fairly deep cutting (there are two parallel cuttings at this point) and there is no sign of an avalanche.  A police officer told me that there was a mudslide about 500 metres back on the track.  The BBC reports that

Passenger Adrian Webb, 41, from Reigate, said: “There was an enormous noise of rubble hitting the train.

“The front carriage then started churning up the sidings and rocks were thrown up.”

Mr Webb, who was in the train’s third carriage, said windows were smashed and thick smoke billowed up.

As you can see - in comparison the scene looked pretty boring when I got there this afternoon.  Today is 13th January, a day considered unlucky by triskaidekaphobes. (The paraskavedekatriaphobes are only one day out).

Posted by bigblue on 13/01/2007 at 05:55 PM
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I’ve had some interesting comments on the symbolism of the above image, and a visit from someone who was on the train when it crashed, over in my Flickr stream.

Posted by bigblue  on  14/01/2007  at  10:30 PM

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