Thursday, October 7, 1999 Published at 07:31 GMT 08:31 UK
In pictures: Paddington train crash
Fire raged in one of the carriages immediately after the collision (Photo: Max Cisotti)
The haunting scene at Reading station where unclaimed cars hint to high numbers of casualties in the Berkshire town.
Firemen attend to the smouldering wreck of one of the trains.
Passengers reported a series of huge collisions and a fire on board one train.
At nearly two miles away from Paddington, the Intercity train was still travelling at speed.
Early pictures showed just how widespread the devastation was.
Some of the injured were treated beside the carriages.
An injured victim is stretchered away from the scene.
Firemen hose down one of the smouldering carriages.
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.