Bournemouth tram disaster

“Britain’s worst tram accident since 11 were killed in Dover in 1917,” said the Evening Standard this week in reporting the Croydon tram disaster.

At Croydon seven people have died which is the same number of fatalities resulting from the 1908 Bournemouth tram crash.

This also happened in slight darkness, although in 1908 it was at the end of the day, and was the consequence of a tram travelling from The Triangle failing to negotiate the bend in Avenue Road. It crashed down into the Upper Gardens behind Glen Fern. In addition to the deaths there were 26 people treated for injuries.

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