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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.


Address:Dimboola Road, Horsham, 3400
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.707934
Long: 142.190781
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Land Transport
Approx. Event Start Date:November-1951
Approx. Event End Date:November-1951


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