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The Train Crash of 1947

As told by Mr. Aziz

It was the 9th of March, 1947 and that night the weather was very bad. A cargo train was gong south from Dera'a to Amman. There were 10 cars behind the steam locomotive, a Hartmann 260. There had been heavy rains that day, and the bridge before Mufraw had been damaged from the rains and the flash flood. The 3rd and 4th arch washed out from under the bridge. The driver didn't realize that disaster was coming to him as the locomotive began crossing the bridge. He couldn't see the missing arches under the rails. The locomotive suddenly plunged through the bridge with six cars falling ontop of it. The last four cars remained on the tracks. Fortunately no one was killed although some were wounded. This was the largest accident on the Hedjaz Railway.

 

Below: The Hartman locomotive after the accident, when it arrived at Mufraq station.
 
Below: A tender from the 1947 crash laying upside down.

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