Tram Accidents In the USSR

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Trams have been used in Russia for more than a century. And the history of this mode of transport had many tragic pages. We are going to show the most famous tram accidents the country has seen.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Accident of the very first Saratov electric tram. Local authorities were the passengers. The accident happened due to the technical malfunction. Nobody suffered seriously.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Smolenk. August 1910.

Another accident with an electric tram in the Russian Empire.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Leningrad 1927.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Tram Accidents In the USSR

The tram was trying to come off the rails.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Train and tram collision in Leningrad. December 1st, 1930. This tragedy is still the largest accident involving a tram in St. Petersburg.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Eight people were seriously injured, eleven were slightly injured and twenty eight were killed.

Later, ten people were arrested including guards, a carman and a manager.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Perm, 1941. The freight tram crashes into the passenger one.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Kiev. March, 1961.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

The disaster killed almost all staff of the tram depot. –¶aste water broke through the dam, flooded the area and caused many deaths.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

The tram depot represented a big lake of mud.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

All life was destroyed on the area of about thirty hectares. Dead bodies were being taken out for a month. According to the official information 147 people died in the tragedy, according to the unofficial one – 1,5-2 thousand.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Moscow. 1979-1980. Locomotive and tram collision. No information about the victims.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Chelyabinsk. December 22, 1980. The accident involved the tractor, KAMAZ truck, ZIL-130 and a tram. Two people died, four were injured.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Leningrad. May, 1988. The collision happened at the speed of 80 km / h, 100 people suffered, one was killed.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

St. Petersbur, 7 April, 1992. Woman driver fell asleep during driving, later was found under the car, she survived but broke her leg.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Dneprodzerzhinsk. July 2, 1996.

The most terrible tram catastrophe in the history of Ukraine. More than 150 people were in the tram which failed to break on the steep slope. The tram was rapidly speeding up and in two kilometers of uncontrolled driving it went off the rails and crashed into the concrete barrier.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

According to the witnesses, the speed of the tram at the time of the collision was at least 70 km / h. Corpses and body parts were scattered all around. 34 people were killed (includine twenty women and one child). Several people were killed and seriously injured as a result of panic when they were trying to jump out of the broken windows of the car moving at high speed.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Later the tram route was canceled and the depot was closed because of “the shortage of serviceable cars”.

Tram Accidents In the USSR

Still it’s one of the safest means of transportation.

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3 thoughts on “Tram Accidents In the USSR”

    • The title doesn’t exclude Russia; it doesn’t say “Tram Accidents in ONLY the USSR.” So it could mean the USSR, but have bonus things, too. (Not that a tram accident is a bonus.)

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