Bromsgrove collision


A PASSENGER train collided with a derailed freight loco in an incident near Bromsgrove on the evening of 23 March 2020.

The three-car Class 170 was working CrossCountry’s 21.05 Cardiff to Birmingham service and collided with the Class 66 as it approached Bromsgrove station. The ‘66’ had just travelled from Bescot to act as a banking loco to assist heavy freight trains with the ascent of the 1 in 37 Lickey incline to the north of the station. It derailed as it ran through the buffers at the end of the siding adjacent to the main line and stopped with its front left corner fouling the northbound track.

The ‘170’ suffered significant damage along the side of all three vehicles, although it remained on the track and did not derail. Four passengers and two crew were on board and none were injured. The loco suffered damage to the corner of the leading cab but again the driver was not injured.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is to investigate the sequence of events leading to the accident.