"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

February 25, 2010

STRATFORD - 1953

Photo: Accident Report
On April 8, 1953, firefighters freed commuters trapped in a London Underground tunnel after two trains collided between Statford and Leyton during the evening rush hour. Nine people died and many others were injured. "It's just a shamble down there," said a fireman quoted by the Glasgow Herald. "We have to cut our way through every inch." Doctors and nurses performed surgery as the fire brigade and civil defense burrowed through the Central Line wreckage.