Railway Accident on the Dee Viaduct, Chester, Cheshire, 24 May 1847.
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Engraving from the 'Illustrated London News' (1847) , entitled 'The Late Railway Accident at Chester', showing the collapsed sections of the bridge and the carriages in the river. The Dee Viaduct was in the Vale Follangollen on the Shrewsbury & Chester Railway. On Monday 24 May 1847 three sections of the then new iron bridge gave way under the weight of the 18.30 train from Chester, which crashed into the River Dee below. Nine people were killed, including the stoker of the engine, and several others seriously injured in the accident. The train consisted of one first clas carriage, two second clas carriages and a luggage van, and no more than 24 pasengers were said to have been aboard.