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article imageThe 1957 Lewisham train crash and its relevance today

By Alexander Baron     Dec 1, 2012 in Health
Lewisham - On December 4, 1957, a train crash near Lewisham Station killed 90 people and injured 170. Some of the casualties were taken to Lewisham Hospital.
The Lewisham train crash of December 4, 1957 was one of those terrible incidents The Guinness Book Of Records could do without. It resulted in the deaths of 90 people and 173 injured; it was the third worst disaster of its kind in the UK. We are fortunate - or otherwise - to have some footage of its aftermath, here.
For those who would like to read the official report, the person who uploaded that video has kindly provided a link to it.
Fifty-five years to the day after that crash, the special administrator appointed by the government to close the accident and emergency department at Lewisham Hospital, among other things, is coming to Lewisham to "consult" with the public. Iain Wilson, his colleagues and angry members of the public are promising him a warm welcome. Not. Matthew Kershaw's "consultation" will be at the Calabash Centre, George Lane at 6pm on December 4.
Some might argue that this was a once in a lifetime event, but guess what, less than ten years later there was another terrible crash, at nearby Hither Green. This one, on November 5, 1967 resulted in "only" 49 deaths.
Closing hospitals is a false economy and can result in losing more than money.
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