Thursday, July 23, 2015

INVERGOWRIE BAY - 1979

Fire brigade at scene

On Oct. 22, 1979, an express plowed into a stalled train near Dundee, Scotland, killing five people and injuring 51 others in the Invergowrie rail disaster.

The Courier newspaper recalled on the 35th anniversary:

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Dozens of police, firemen and paramedics fought through weeds and thick foliage to reach the wreckage at Dargie Glebe.

"They were then confronted with a scene of almost unimaginable horror.

"The two carriages that had landed on the wet sand of Invergowrie Bay were beginning to sink and passengers were frantically trying to smash windows and doors so they could escape.


"Ladders and ropes were used to reach the carriages and injured passengers.
"One of the first task medics had to carry out at the scene was to amputate the leg of a 74-year-old woman."