Hexthorpe railway disaster, South Yorkshire, September 1887.
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Engraving from the cover of the 'Illustrated London News', 24 September 1887. The picture is taken from a sketch by an eyewitnes, Walter J Stuart, and shows the dead and wounded being extricated from the wreckage of the accident. On 16 September 1887, two trains collided at Hexthorpe. A Liverpool to Hull expres train crashed into the back of another train standing at the platform at Hexthorpe Station, carrying racegoers to the St Leger meeting at nearby Doncaster. There were 25 killed and 66 injured, most of the casualties being pasengers on the stationary train.