train wreck

disaster involving one or more trains (for train colliding with a pedestrian, animal or other objects, see Q19403959)

A train wreck, train collision, train accident or train crash is a type of disaster involving one or more trains. Train wrecks often occur as a result of miscommunication, as when a moving train meets another train on the same track; or an accident, such as when a train wheel jumps off a track in a derailment; or when a boiler explosion occurs. Train wrecks have often been widely covered in popular media and in folklore. A head-on collision between two trains is colloquially called a "cornfield meet" in the United States.
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  • Folgenschwere Fahrlässigkeit ( 1874 )

    german article in Die Gartenlaube, 1874, no. 42

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