15 October 2019

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, today paid tribute to those who died – and were injured – in the Cowden train crash 25 years ago. Five people were killed and 13 were injured when two trains collided head-on in heavy fog on a single-line section of track near Cowden station on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line in Kent on 15 October 1994.

Mick said: ‘Today we pause for a moment to remember those who lost their lives, and those who were injured, at Cowden. As an industry we should never forget those who died, and all those whose lives were changed, because of Cowden and Hatfield and Ladbroke Grove and other incidents. And, as an industry, we should never forget the lessons that we learned in what is, and always will be, a safety-critical industry.’



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