Wembley Central rail crash

Wembley Central rail crash

infobox UK rail accident

title= Wembley Central rail crash
date= 11 October 1984
location= Wembley, Greater London, England
line = West Coast Main Line
cause= Signal passed at danger
trains= 2
deaths= 3
injuries= 18
The Wembley Central rail crash occurred on 11 October 1984 just outside Wembley Central railway station, Greater London.

The 17:54 passenger train from Euston to Bletchley, formed by two Class 310 electric multiple units, collided with a Freightliner train which was leaving Willesden yard. The first two coaches of the passenger train overturned onto their sides and three passengers were killed; 17 passengers and the driver were injured.

The passenger train had passed a signal at 'danger' after the driver had suffered a transient episode of amnesia, brought about by a rare medical condition. As a result, he had cancelled the AWS warnings at the signals approaching Wembley without realising.


*cite book | last=Nock| first=O.S. | coauthors=Cooper, B.K. | year=1987 | title=Historic Railway Disasters (Fourth Edition) | publisher=Ian Allan | id=ISBN 0-71-101752-2

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