You may be tempted to think that train travel is safer than air travel, but you would be wrong. According to a 2013 study, train travel is the second safest mode of transportation with 0.43 deaths per billion passenger-miles. Air travel, however, comes on top with 0.07 deaths per billion passenger miles. That’s not to say that train travel is dangerous. On the contrary, as already mentioned, train travel is the second safest transportation mode available, which is why a train accident is such a big deal as it rarely happens. Unfortunately, when they do happen, it can cost the lives of many. On today’s list we’ll take a look at 25 Worst Train Wrecks in History.
The Mikawashima Train Crash (Japan, 1962)
The Mikawashima train crash was a multiple train crash that happened on May 3, 1962, near Mikawashima Station in Arakawa, in Tokyo. It involved a freight train and two passenger trains and cost the lives of more than 160 people.
The Tsurumi Rail Accident (Japan, 1963)
Only a year after the Mikawashima train crash, Japan faced the Tsurumi rail accident that occurred between Tsurumi Station and Shin-Koyasu Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line in Yokohama, about twenty miles south of Tokyo. In this incident, two passenger trains collided with a derailed freight train, killing 162 people.
The Aracaju Train Crash (Brazil, 1946)
The Aracaju train crash, which occurred on March 20, 1946, was the worst-ever rail disaster in Brazil, killing 185 people and injuring three hundred more.
The Tenga Rail Disaster (Mozambique, 2002)
This rail disaster happened at Tenga, twenty-five miles northwest of Maputo, Mozambique, on May 25, 2002, causing 192 deaths and injuring 167 others. According to local authorities, the crash was a result of human error and a maneuver that went horribly wrong.
The Khanna Rail Disaster (India, 1998)
The Khanna rail disaster occurred at 3:15 on November 26, 1998, near Khanna on the Khanna–Ludhiana section of India’s Northern Railway in Punjab, when the local express collided with six derailed coaches of the Amritsar-bound Frontier Mail, which were lying in its path. More than 212 people were killed out of the 2,500 passengers on both trains.