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Friday, 2 March, 2001, 20:04 GMT
Rail crash death toll reduced to 10
Crane lifts wreckage from track
Emergency crews need to move wreckage to search for bodies
Police say they have recovered 10 bodies from the Selby train crash, rather than 13 as previously thought.

North Yorkshire police say the earlier figure came from the number of locations at which they found remains.

However there are fears that more victims may be discovered as the wreckage of Wednesday's accident is moved.

Crash workers are searching the carriages to find more of the personal items of the passengers which will help them identify the dead.

Police have named two of the people killed in the accident as Christopher Hugh Terry, 30, from York, and Robert Shakespeare, 43, from Beverley, East Yorkshire.

We will almost inevitably find more body parts in the wreckage

Superintendent Tony Thompson
Seventy people were also injured when a Land Rover careered into the path of a passenger train which was then hit by a freight train.

A huge crane was assembled in the last 24 hours to start lifting the carriages off the track and into an adjoining field.

Click here to see a map of the accident.

Rescue teams will be able to examine previously inaccessible sites and continue a fingertip search of the area for possessions which will help with identification.

Superintendent Tony Thompson, of British Transport Police, said relatives of the victims might find it useful to visit the site to help them come to terms with the tragedy.

Specialist counsellors are being brought in to help them cope with what has happened.

Bleak return

A survivor from train crash has already returned to the scene of the accident.

The middle-aged man, who has not been named, was accompanied by two policewomen as he spent time looking at the wreckage of the two trains and floral tributes left at the scene.

The Archbishop of York
The Archbishop of York had intended to travel on the express train
Superintendent Thompson added: "We do not know what we will find underneath but history suggests from previous accidents we might find something there," he said.

A second crane will be used to recover the freight train and its carriages on the other side of the tracks.

Police are hoping to complete the recovery operation by Sunday and hand over the site to Railtrack on Monday.

The Archbishop of York, who visited the scene on Friday, said he had intended to travel on the express train but cancelled at the last minute.

Memorial services

The Right Reverend David Hope said one member of the clergy is believed to have been on the train and the wife of another clergyman was quite seriously injured.

"Only by coming down here and seeing what has happened can you fully appreciate the enormity of Wednesday's events," he said.

"This tragedy has touched so many peoples' lives, not least those from the clergy."

Gary Hart
Grief stricken: Car driver Gary Hart
The Bishop of Doncaster, the Right Reverend Cyril Ashton, said a memorial service for the victims of the crash would be held on Sunday afternoon at Hensall Parish Church, a mile from the crash scene.

A service of commemoration will be held at York Minster once funerals have taken place.

Police investigating the crash are considering the possibility that the Land Rover driver, Gary Hart, may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

On Friday, 33 of the 70 people injured in the crash remained in hospital, with two in a critical condition.

An emergency number 0207 8347777 has been set up for members of the public concerned about friends and relatives.

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