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Plaque commemorates eleven people who were killed when a tourist bus and a train collided at Horsham in November 1951.

At 3.50pm on Saturday, February 24, 1951 a tourist bus and a freight train collided at the Dimboola Road crossing. The incident remains one of the most terrible in the Wimmera's history. District Coroner P.R. Biggin headed the inquiry, in which the bus driver told how sun glare was a major factor in the crash. Horsham resident James Patrick Doorty was the train's fireman. He told how it appeared the bus was about to stop, but then gained speed as if trying to get across the crossing. Eleven people were killed in the disaster.

Location

Address:Dimboola Road, Reserve, North side of road, Horsham, 3400
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.707885
Long: 142.190696
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Land Transport
Approx. Event Start Date:November-1951
Approx. Event End Date:November-1951

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 21st June, 2007
Source: MA
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