Skip to main content

Skip to main content

Southall rail accident

The Southall rail accident took place at Southall East Junction at 13.15 on 19 September 1997 when the 10.35 high speed train from Swansea to London Paddington, operated by Great Western Train Company, was in collision with a freight train operated by English Welsh and Scottish Railway which was crossing to Southall Yard.

Seven people died as a result of the accident, and a further 139 people were injured, some severely.

The Southall collision was the first major accident to occur within the British rail network since privatisation of the rail industry, which formally started with the transfer of the railway infrastructure to Railtrack on 1 April 1994.