27th November 1882

Inverythan rail accident kills eight

Four people were killed, four died later, and 14 were injured when a railway bridge collapsed as a train was passing over it. It was caused by a defect that had lain dormant in a girder since its incorporation into the bridge quarter of a century earlier.

The flaw was an air gap within the girder itself, which was fully enclosed within the outer skin and therefore impossible to detect. There was no way of knowing how many similarly flawed girders were in use elsewhere across the rail network.



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