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Wednesday, 28 February, 2001, 12:53 GMT
The tragic sequence
Carriage in a field
The carriages landed in a field
Ten men died in the freak high-speed accident involving two trains near Selby in North Yorkshire.

This is the sequence of events leading up to and beyond the collision on 28 February between Goole and Selby on the East Coast Main Line.

  • A Land Rover pulling a trailer loaded with a car veers off the M62 near the village of Great Heck and careers down an embankment before coming to rest on the rail line.

  • The Land Rover driver Gary Hart is able to get out of his vehicle and call police telling them that his car is on the tracks.

  • As he speaks to the operator he shouts that a train is coming and watches as it hits his car and trailer before coming off the tracks.

  • A North Yorkshire Police operator hears the Land Rover driver shout: "The train's coming" and then there was a bang.

  • The train involved was the 0445 Newcastle to London intercity 225 Great North Eastern Railway electric express with about 100 people on board.

    The Land Rover and car that crashed onto the track
    The Land Rover and car that crashed onto the track

  • The GNER driver, who is thought to have been going at 125mph, spotted the vehicle on the track but was unable to stop in time.

  • After the impact, the passenger train remains upright until travelling through a set of points and subsequently colliding with a freight train travelling in the opposite direction at about 75mph.

  • The freight train, operated by the Freightliner company, was travelling from the port of Immingham in Humberside to Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire carrying about 1,000 tonnes of imported coal in 17 wagons.

  • The freight train driver saw the danger but could not prevent the collision.

Rescue operation

  • The passenger train travelled for about half a mile after the impact with the Land Rover.

  • All nine carriages of the passenger train are derailed, with one being flattened and another flung into nearby fields.

  • The freight train is partially derailed with its front end completely off the track and lying on its side.

  • The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are on the scene within 15 minutes.

  • A makeshift hospital is set up in the barn of a nearby farm so that people can be treated before being taken to hospital by helicopter or ambulance.

  • Victims are taken to hospitals in Pontefract, Hull, Doncaster and York by a fleet of ambulances, two RAF Sea King helicopters and a West Yorkshire air ambulance helicopter.


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