12 Horrible Things That Happened on Christmas

What could go wrong while taking a little train ride on Christmas Eve through scenic New Zealand? Unfortunately, one such train ride in 1953 ended in tragedy. The Auckland night train was chugging around the tracks when, suddenly, it slid on the wet rails and plummeted down into the Whangaehu River. Out of the 285 passengers, more than half died in the crash or in the surging waters that engulfed the cars. Over the next few days, rescuers and volunteers found muddy and ruined presents throughout the wreckage from passengers trying to bring gifts to loved ones. It was heartbreaking. It remains, to this day, New Zealand’s worst railway accident, and one of the word train accidents of all time.

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