The Dagenham East Rail Crash
This crash on the LTS in 1958 greatly affected the people of Laindon
Although this accident did not happen within our boundary, it had a devastating effect on a number of families in our community.
It is felt therefore that we need to record the memories and recollections of those families that were affected by the accident.
I will just list the basic details of the accident and leave it to the community to add their comments to tell how they were affected.
The accident occurred on 30 January 1958 at about 19:34, a particularly foul foggy evening. The trains were running late and more crowded than usual. The accident was the result of the 18:35 train ploughing into the back of the 18:20. This resulted in a number of the carriages of the 18:20 being wrecked and others derailed.
Ten people were killed and many seriously injured. The anxiety of the families at home waiting for their loved ones to come home was made worse by the lack of information (there were no mobile phones in those days).
The cause was put down to driver error – passing a signal at danger- and the poor visibility. (Unless you lived through the fogs / smogs we experienced in those days it may be difficult to realise how a signal could be missed).
These are the basic facts, it is now up to the community to add comments and memories if they wish.
The recollections of those affected
Click on this link to read the recollections of Jean Pattle who was injured in the accident.