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Polmont rail accident

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Location type: Event
Location address: United Kingdom, Falkirk
Number of texts: 1
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Made by | Reference Flaxton | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

The Polmont rail accident, also known as the Polmont rail disaster, occurred on 30 July 1984 to the west of Polmont, near Falkirk in Scotland, when a westbound push-pull express train travelling from Edinburgh to Glasgow struck a cow which had gained access to the track through a damaged fence from a field near Polmont railway station. The collision caused all six carriages and the locomotive of the train to derail, killing 13 people and injuring 61 others. The accident led to a debate about the safety of push-pull trains on British Rail.

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