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Details of the Accident

Place Creech, nr Taunton
Date 8th September 1852, p.m.
Railway Company Great Western Railway/Bristol and Exeter Railway
No. of Fatalities 2
Cause of Accident Derailment
Description An express from Paddington was derailed partly due to the bad condition of the track, coupled with heavy rains and insufficient ballast.

Sources/Further Reading

  • History of the Great Western Railway, Vol II 1863 - 1921 pp 99 - 100, E.T. MacDermott
  • The Times, 17th Sep 1852 (report of inquest)
  • The Times, 9th Sep 1852

List of Fatalities

The 2 fatalities are listed in the table below together with brief notes of any other information found so far.

The last column shows the General Register Office (England and Wales) or Statutory Register (Scotland) reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR Reference
HUMBERSTONE Thomas 25 Railway fireman , 1852/Dec Taunton 5c 260
HEATON Lambert 35 Railway driver , Died of injuries early hours of the 13th September. 1852/Dec Taunton 5c 263