Clapham rail crash

12 December 2014

Today, on the 26th anniversary of the Clapham rail crash, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: ‘Our thoughts at this time are with the families who lost their loved ones.’
Thirty-five men and women lost their lives – and another 500 people were injured – when three trains collided just after 8am on Monday 12 December 1988 in Clapham, south London.

A public inquiry into the accident, conducted by Anthony Hidden QC, found that the primary cause of the crash was a wiring error made by a worker who had only had one day off in the 13 weeks prior to the accident.

The Hidden report made 93 recommendations – including limits on the hours railwaymen should work – to improve safety on the rail network in Britain.

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