Collision on Settle-Carlisle line
The Settle-Carlisle line, in one of the remotest parts of Britain was the scene of a collision between a passenger train and a coal train on Friday 15 January 1999.
The first carriage of the 1712 Huddersfield - Carlisle train became derailed after it struck a pile of rubble from a landslip at the entrance to Crosby Garrett tunnel. The train continued through the tunnel in its derailed state before stopping. The driver left his cab to go forward in order to warn on-coming trains. He was not able however to give sufficient warning to an approaching coal train for it to stop in time. This train, travelling south struck the passenger train pushing it back into the tunnel.
The 21 passengers travelling on the train escaped with only minor injuries.
The accident occurred just north of Kirkby Stephen during heavy rainfall. It is believed that this may have caused the landslip.
Railway infrastructure owner, Railtrack announced that the drivers of both trains carried out correct safety procedures. The Health & Safety Executive will carry out an investigation.