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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Ladbroke Grove crash report
A report into the Ladbroke Grove train crash has blamed a "lamentable failure" by Railtrack to respond to safety warnings before the accident.

31 people died in October 1999 when a Thames Trains service went through a red signal and collided with a Great Western InterCity Express.

BBC News Online looks back at the inquiry, headed by Scottish judge Lord Cullen, and to the crash itself.


19 June 2001

Inquiry chairman Lord Cullen QC
Inquiry chairman Lord Cullen QC

Lord Cullen's inquiry into the Paddington rail crash has published a damning report into how the disaster happened. Railtrack, in particular, comes in for heavy criticism. No part of the rail industry escapes censure.




 Watch Lord Cullen's report in full: 56k

 The BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports: 56k

 The BBC's Robert Hall met the parents of one of the victims: 56k


10 May 2000

Rescue workers at the scene
Rescue workers at the scene

Survivors and bereaved relatives have voiced their anger at the decision not to bring manslaughter charges as the inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove rail crash begins.


 The BBC's Tim Hirsh reports: 56k


11 October 1999

Sally Cox wipes away a tear
Sally Cox wipes away a tear

Firefighter Sally Cox says none of her training could have prepared her for the carnage she witnessed in the aftermath of the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster. Mrs Cox, whose picture was plastered across many newspapers in the crash aftermath was involved in the arduous task of locating and freeing bodies from one of the trains.


 The BBC's Emma Simpson reports: 56k


8 October 1999

Three days after the crash lifting gear is brought in to move the train from the tracks.
Three days after the crash lifting gear is brought in to move the train from the tracks.

An interim report has blamed Britain's worst rail disaster for decades on failures within the railway system. The Health and Safety Executive said the immediate cause of the crash appeared to be a commuter train jumping a red light, but it said the root causes were likely to be complex.


 The BBC's Simon Montague reports: 56k


5 October 1999

Firefighters attend to the smouldering wreck of one of the trains.
Firefighters attend to the smouldering wreck of one of the trains.

The trains collided at the height of the morning rush hour. A two-carriage service run by Thames Trains from Paddington to Bedwyn, Wiltshire, collided with an incoming Great Western 125 express train from Cheltenham. Carriages came off the track and one train burst into flames. A massive column of smoke could be seen across west London.


 The BBC's Ben Brown reports: 56k

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