Story: Railway accidents

Disaster at Hyde

Onlookers view the crumpled carriages after the Cromwell–Dunedin express came to grief near the town of Hyde on 4 June 1943. The train, which was travelling too fast, derailed on a corner and the carriages piled into each other. Many people were injured, and 24 were killed.

Listen to Jack Wilson, a survivor, describe the horror of the accident.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Hyde rail disaster – Jack Wilson – Survivor /Reference number CDR70-tk7).

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Railway accidents - Major railway disasters', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010