One pier and two spans [each span about 170] of single track .75 mile long railway bridge destroyed by impact and collapse. They were only 300 yards from the bridge when the tow-rope was secure again, too late though, for the Severn Traveller did not have the power to make any progress against the tide.
1960 when two tanker barges collided with the Severn Railway Bridge. GLOUCESTERSHIRE FIRE SERVICE RESEARCH REPORT, 1. Sharpness Harbour Master, Captain G T Owen, had been alerted that the wreck of the Severn Pioneer was drifting back to Sharpness and at 9.35pm gave instructions for the tug Primrose to go out into the river to assist with the emergency. A large fleet of tanker barges owned by local companies, the Severn & Canal Carrying Company, John Harker Limited and others, would load their tanks at Avonmouth to take it far inland to Stourport. By the time the train reached Sharpness, the bridge was no longer intact. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. AN personnel and equipment were taken to Purton and the equipment was manhandled across the soft mud and sand to the vessels. Mr Keedwell thought that everything was alright so went back into the inn to retire to bed for the night, but just before he turned in, thought he would have a last look, so glanced out of his bedroom window and saw what appeared to be one of the barges. Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event.
[As is still the case today with commercial barges operating on the Severn above Gloucester. The reply was no, they didn't know where they were. They were the Arkendale H and the Wastdale H, both owned by John Harker Ltd. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Certainly no exams were ever taken, it was all down to local knowledge]. Albert Tonks had a wound to his face, but Frederick Vincent appeared to be uninjured.
3. He went onto the foreshore and saw the barges and began to hail one of them, but all he got was, âWe want a boatâ.
Before adjourning the inquest until a later date, Sir Seymour Williams said that no living man could say why the rope came off the bollards on the Severn Carrier, but that there had been no error in navigation by the Severn Traveller. and Robert John Niblett  of West View, Canal Bank, Hardwicke.
The police praised them saying they were tireless in their efforts and would like to express their gratitude to those who proved of utmost assistance to them.
Attending in their official capacities were Mr Leslie Farnfield of London for the Severn & Canal Carrying Company, Mr J Hieatt of Gloucester for the Transport & General Workers Union and relatives of Henry Phillips, Mr A Ingleden of Cardiff for the Sharpness Docks Company and Inspector G A Wickham as an observer for the police. Half a century on from an infamous foggy night in Gloucestershire we look back at the Severn Rail Bridge disaster.
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