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Thursday, October 7, 1999 Published at 07:31 GMT 08:31 UK


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In pictures: Paddington train crash

Fire raged in one of the carriages immediately after the collision (Photo: Max Cisotti)

London Train Crash
A busy rail junction in west London was turned into a scene of devastation after two trains collided in the midst of the morning rush hour on Tuesday, 5 October. These pictures reflect the horror, the immediate aftermath - with the rescue services on the scene helping the many injured within minutes - and the grim task of recovering the dead.


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The haunting scene at Reading station where unclaimed cars hint to high numbers of casualties in the Berkshire town.


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


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Passengers reported a series of huge collisions and a fire on board one train.


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At nearly two miles away from Paddington, the Intercity train was still travelling at speed.


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Early pictures showed just how widespread the devastation was.


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Some of the injured were treated beside the carriages.


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An injured victim is stretchered away from the scene.


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Firemen hose down one of the smouldering carriages.


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The smoke could be seen for miles around and the noise was heard by BBC staff a few miles away in the BBC News Centre.

Scotland Yard 's Casualty Bureau telephone number for relatives and friends of people involved in the accident is 0207 834 7777.





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