PlaceRiver Dee Bridge, Chester (St. Mary-on-the-Hill), Cheshire
Date24 May, 1847, p.m.
Railway CompanyChester and Shrewsbury Railway/Chester and Holyhead Railway
No of Fatalities5
Cause of AccidentCollapse of bridge
Brief description of eventsThe 6.15 p.m. Chester to Holyhead train was crossing a cast iron bridge when a span collapsed. The accident brought into question the safety of cast iron.
Source/Bibliography/Further ReadingHistory of the Great Western Railway, Vol I 1833 - 1863 pp 178, E.T. MacDermott (revised by C.R. Clinker)
The Times, 27 May 1847 p5
The Times, 29 May 1847 p8
ANDERSON, Thomas, Locomotive fireman, died of injuries
MATTHEWS, John, Llangollen, DEN
NEVITT, Charles, Wrexham, DEN
POWIS, Isaac, Wrexham, DEN, died of injuries
ROBERTS, George, Train guard