Clifton Common Tram Accident [1915]



On 16th October 1915, there was an accident at Clifton Common when a solid-tyred Daimler motor bus – the 9:40 pm from Morley, via Cleckheaton, to Brighouse – careered down the hill.

On this occasion, the driver, John Clark, did not follow the common practice for trams to stop at the top of Clifton Common, before descending the hill. This resulted in the tram going down the hill at a terrifying rate.

Clark applied the brakes, but these failed to act. In his attempts to slow the tram by means of the kerb, he hit a telegraph pole and a wheel fell off, causing the vehicle to swing round and overturn.

3 people were killed:

Many others were injured:

The driver, John Clark – of 152 Brighton Street, Heckmondwike – and conductor, Benjamin Holmes, – of Jeffles Street, Cleckheaton – escaped unharmed



© Malcolm Bull 2020
Revised 07:49 /20th February 2020 / mmc860 / 4829

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