Thursday, October 7, 1999 Published at 05:13 GMT 06:13 UK
15 crash victims fight for life
Many were seriously injured
Fifteen victims of the Paddington rail disaster are fighting for their lives in hospital and 21 more are suffering from serious injuries.
Two patients were transferred to specialist burns units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex on Wednesday.
At the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital two survivors are being treated in the intensive care unit, a further eight are critically ill in the specialist burns unit and two are being cared for on general wards.
In total, St Mary's, the hospital nearest to the crash site, dealt with 51 casualties. Three were discharged to their local hospitals on Wednesday, with four others allowed to go home.
He said: "No major incidents are alike, this was very vivid because patients were coming in smelling of burned flesh - which is quite horrific for staff - with swollen faces.
"Some were coming in with white bandages over faces with just two round holes for eyes, and you could see the staring eyes of fright and just shock from the awfulness of this injury."
Mr Touquet said St Mary's had spare capacity throughout Tuesday, and had more than a dozen consultant surgeons present.
"Each patient got a specific team that was consultant-run."
More than 150 people were treated in total at six London hospitals.
Chelsea and Westminster dealt with 25 casualties.
The University London College Hospital dealt with 50 casualties after the crash, with six of the injured kept in overnight - all are said to be stable.
The Central Middlesex Hospital catered for six of the wounded and five of them were kept in overnight - most suffering from smoke inhalation.
Seven of the survivors were taken to Charing Cross Hospital and six were kept in - two of them, a man and a woman, were both critical and receiving emergency care in the intensive care unit.
Hammersmith Hospital kept in one of the 11 it treated for treatment.
A minor injuries unit set up at St Charles dealt with four of the walking wounded - all were sent home later in the day.