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Trains Collide Head-on, 43 People Hurt

November 6, 1985

HAYWARDS HEATH, England (AP) _ Two four-car trains collided head-on near this southern English town before dawn today, and an ambulance service said 43 people were hurt.

The state-run British Rail network said in a statement that the crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. (9 p.m. EST) and involved two electric-powered trains. British Rail traffic manager Gordon Dudman said one train was bound from London to Brighton and the other was traveling in the opposite direction.

Altogether 65 passengers were aboard the two trains, British Rail said.

The Sussex county ambulance service said 43 people were treated for injuries and of them 13 were hospitalized, most with broken bones or concussions.

The service earlier had said that 47 people were hurt.

The 50-mile route linking London and the south coast resort of Brighton is a major commuter link during the daytime. But British Rail said the two trains involved in the crash were not crowded.

British Rail said neither train was derailed, which it said suggested they had not been traveling fast. It said both trains’ engineers were unhurt.

Crews began working to separate the trains and clear the track in time for the morning rush hour, it said.

The collision will be investigated by British Rail and the Department of Transport, it said.

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