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Thursday, 1 March, 2001, 21:31 GMT
The Selby rail crash
The crash secne
Wreckage at the Selby train crash
The Selby train crash in North Yorkshire was a freak accident involving two trains and a runaway car. BBC Online examines, in Audio and Video, the tragedy and the subsequent investigations.


Vic Coleman
Vic Coleman of the Health and Safety Executive
Interim report released

An official interim report into the Selby rail crash published by the Health and Safety Executive says the railway industry could have done nothing to prevent the tragedy.

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Selby train crash scene
A wrecked carriage is hoisted from the crash scene
Data recorder found

Investigators examining the wreckage of the Selby train crash find the GNER train's data recorder which should hold more vital information about the crash. Meanwhile police name more of the victims who died.

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The service was held at the Parish Church of St Paul, Hensall, about a mile from the disaster scene at the village of Great Heck
Emergency workers also attended the service
Prayers for crash victims

About 300 people gather to commemorate victims of the Selby rail crash in a church near the disaster scene.

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The wrecked Land Rover
Police are investigating the Land Rover wreckage
Selby crash deaths put at 10

Police say they have recovered 10 bodies from the Selby train crash, rather than 13 as previously thought.

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Rail officials inspect the crash site
Investigators search for clues at the crash side
Grim search may take days

Emergency services say it may be some time before the final number of people who died in the Selby rail crash is known. Rescue teams have been searching round-the-clock for bodies trapped in the mangled carriages.

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UK Deputy PM John Prescott
UK Deputy PM John Prescott at the crash scene
Investigation begins

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott asks the Health and Safety Executive to prepare an interim report so that he can make a decision on what further steps needed to be taken. The BBC's Simon Montague reports on the many questions to be asked.

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Emergency services at the scene
Rescue services continue to search the coaches

Death toll - February 28

Thirteen people are now known to have died and around 70 injured - some of them seriously - in the crash which happened near Selby in North Yorkshire. As the BBC's Kate Adie reports, the impact of the collision was devastating.

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Crash scene
The view of the bridge where the vehicle first collided with the train

Eye witnesses

Passenger Raymond Brindley was one of the first to speak to the media: "We were worried in case it was going to catch alight"

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The first fire officer on the scene was Graham Buckle: "(The atmosphere) was one of shock and bewilderment"

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Local resident Charles Watkins helped injured passengers escape the train: "We managed to pull a couple of people out"

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Fire crews cut people free from the wreckage
Emergency crews continue to find victims
Emergency services

The deputy chief fire officer for the North Yorkshire Fire Service, David Wynne, speaks to BBC News Online's Special Correspondent Mike McKay about the rescue operation.

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The injured passengers were taken to a number of hospitals throughout Yorkshire. Around 30 of the wounded were taken to Pontefract, as the BBC's Catherine Marston reports.

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