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granville, january 18 1977 saw australia's worst-ever rail accident - 83 people died

Australia's worst rail accidents

Australia The worst accidents to have occurred in Australia this century

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August 18, 1999 Zanthus (250km east of Kalgoorlie)
Twenty people injured when the Indian Pacific hit a stationary freight train. Currents
July 7, 1999 Sydney (between Hornsby and Asquith stations):
Three passengers injured when a CityRail train derailed. Currents
June 9, 1998 Sydney
Empty eight-car "Tangara" train derailed at Concord West. The driver was seriously injured, the guard received slight injuries. Currents
May 19, 1998 Robertson (south-west of Wollongong)
Two train drivers killed when their freight train derailed Gallery
January 14, 1996 Hines Hill (240km east of Perth)
A train driver and a young boy died when a freight train collided with a fuel train.
May 6, 1990 Cowan (north of Sydney)
Six people died when an Intercity express train crashed into a vintage steam train - "3801"
January 18, 1977 Granville, Sydney
Australia's worst-ever railway disaster. Eighty-three people were killed when a commuter train derailed and crashed into the pillars of a bridge bringing it down on top of the train. Significant Accidents
January 16, 1976 Glenbrook, NSW
One person died and 10 injured when a goods train collided with the rear of a passenger train at which had stalled.
February 7, 1969 Violet Town, Victoria
Nine people killed as a Sydney-Melbourne express, travelling at 120km/h was in collision with a goods train.
February 26, 1960 Bogantungan, Queensland
Seven people died when a bridge collapsed as the Rockhampton-bound "Midlander" passed over it. The bridge had been weakened by flood water.
December 1, 1956 Wallumbilla, Queensland
Five people die in an accident.
December 19, 1953 Sydenham, Sydney
Five people died and 748 were injured when two passenger trains collided.
June 1, 1952 Boronia, Victoria
Nine died when a train collided with a bus on a level crossing.
May 7, 1952 Berala, Sydney
A rail accident killed 10 and injured 81.
February 24, 1951 Horsham, Victoria
Eleven died when a train collided with a bus on a level crossing .
June 30, 1948 Rocky Ponds (near Harden, NSW)
Four people killed and 19 injured in mail train derailment.
October 18, 1947 Tamaree, Queensland
Eight people killed when mail trains collided.
May 5, 1947 Camp Mountain, Queensland
Derailment killed 16 people.
Jan 20, 1944 Brooklyn, NSW
Seventeen died when a mail train collided with a bus on a level crossing.
May 8, 1943 Wodonga, Victoria
Twenty five servicemen and women were killed when a train collided with their bus on a level crossing.
September 13, 1926 Murulla, NSW
A Sydney-bound passenger train collided with runaway goods wagons killing 27 people.
June 10, 1926 Aberdeen, NSW
A Sydney-Brisbane express fell from a timber bridge. Ffive people died, 50 were injured.
June 9, 1925 Traverston, Queensland.
Ten people killed when a train derailed on a bridge.
November 6, 1920 Wokalup, Queensland
Nine people died in a timber train crash.
August 30, 1920 Hurtsville, Sydney
Five people werekilled when a train was shunted into a standing locomotive .
March 16, 1914 Exeter, NSW
Fourteen people died when 2 trains collided in fog .
July 18, 1910 Richmond, Victoria
Nine people were killed when their train hit a locomotive in fog.
April 20, 1908 Sunshine (near Melbourne)
Ttwo trains collided in the station killing 44 people.
Significant Accidents
Feb 15, 1901 Sydenham, NSW
A derailment killed seven people.

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