Sunday, 17 April 2011

Severn and Wye Railway Bridge Disaster

Severn and Wye Railway Bridge Disaster
Originally uploaded by CopperPhoenix

Pictured here are the remains of the barges that exploded after crashing into the Severn and Wye Railway Bridge October, 1960.

Just off the foreshore at Purton, two John Harker owned tanker barges, Arkendale H and Wastdale H, carrying 296 tons of black oil and 351 tons of petroleum spirit respectively, collided with the Severn and Wye Railway Bridge. The collision and subsequent explosion not only caused irreparable damage to the bridge, bringing down one of the upright columns and two sections of span, but sadly caused five members of the barges crew to lose their lives and three others to have their lives changed forever.

The bridge was demolished in 1967

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