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Road disasters
Many people are killed and injured on the roads- more than 40,000 a year in the USA - but accidents involving more than a few drivers or pedestrians are rare. 
Worst road disaster
On 3 November 1982 a petrol tanker collided with a Soviet army truck and exploded in the 2.7km Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan. At least 2,000 and perhaps as many as 3,000 people died as a result of the explosion, fire and fumes. 
US road disaster
The worst US road disaster took place on 15 December 1967. The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River from Kanauga, Ohio to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, collapsed during heavy pre-Christmas rush hour traffic and about 60 vehicles plunged into the river.
British road accident
On 27 May 1975 a coach crashed near Grassington, North Yorkshire, killing 33.

Air disaster
Two hijacked planes crash into the
World Trade Center, New York
Air disasters
Worst ever
The two terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, New York, on 11 September 2001, killed all the passengers and crew on both hijacked planes (92 on one and 65 on the other). More than 2,000 people also died in the buildings. 
On the ground
On 27 March 1977, two Boeing 747s collided and caught fore on the runway of Los Rodeos airport in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The aircraft were carrying 614 passengers and 30 crew between them. A total of 61 people managed to escape. 
Single-aircraft disaster
On 12 August 1985 a JAL Boeing 747 on an internal flight from Tokyo to Osaka crashed, killing 520. Four passengers survived. 
Mid-air collision
At Charkhi Dadri, India, on 12 November 1996, a Saudi Airways Boeing 747 collided with a Kazakh Airlines Ilyushin IL-76 cargo aircraft. A total of 349 people died. 

Rail disasters
Rail travel is one of the safest ways of journeying from place to place, taking into account the large numbers of passengers carried and distances travelled. But there have been accidents. One of the earliest rail disasters was at Versailles, France. It happened on 8 May 1842, when the Versailles to Paris train crashed. 
World's worst
On 6 June 1981 a train plunged off a bridge crossing the Bagmati River, India. The driver may have had  to brake sharply to avoid hitting a sacred crow. The train was overcrowded and more than 800 people may have died. 
On 22 May 1915 a troop train crashed head-on into another at Quintinshill near Gretna Green, Scotland. The wreckage was then struck by an express. The crashes and fire that followed left 227 dead and 246 injured. 
Two USA accidents both resulted in 101 deaths. On 10 August 1887 a bridge at Chatsworth, Illinois caught fore and collapsed as a train was passing over. In the crash, 81 people were killed immediately and a further 20 died later. As many as 372 were injured. The second accident happened on 9 July 1918 at Nashville, Tennessee, when two trains collided head-on. 
On 28 October 1995, at Baku, Azerbaijan, an underground train caught fire one saturday evening. The accident killed more than  300 people. 
American underground
America's worst subway accident was on 1 November 1918 at Brooklyn, New York. A train was derailed in the Malbone Street tunnel, leaving 97 dead. 
British underground
Britain's worst tube disaster took place on 8 March 1943 at Bethnal Green, London. About 173 people who were trying to enter the underground station during an air raid were killed in the crush.


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