Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

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)

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.

[ image:  ]

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

[ image:  ]

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

[ image:  ]

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

[ image:  ]

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

[ image:  ]

Early pictures showed just how widespread the devastation was.

[ image:  ]

Some of the injured were treated beside the carriages.

[ image:  ]

An injured victim is stretchered away from the scene.

[ image:  ]

Firemen hose down one of the smouldering carriages.

[ image:  ]

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.

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

UK Contents

Northern Ireland

Relevant Stories

05 Oct 99 | UK
Chronology of rail accidents

05 Oct 99 | UK
Your initial reaction to London's rail disaster

05 Oct 99 | UK
Train crash: 26 dead

05 Oct 99 | UK
Cutting through the crash

05 Oct 99 | UK Politics
Blair promises 'fullest' crash inquiry

05 Oct 99 | UK
Is rail travel becoming less safe?

05 Oct 99 | UK
Crash inquiry 'must start in days'

05 Oct 99 | UK
Travel chaos follows crash

05 Oct 99 | Health
Emergency services swing into action

05 Oct 99 | UK
Passengers relive crash horror

05 Oct 99 | Health
Injured are burned and crushed

05 Oct 99 | London train crash
Analysis: Is profit to blame?

05 Oct 99 | UK
Crash raises familiar questions

In this section

Next steps for peace

Blairs' surprise over baby

Bowled over by Lord's

Beef row 'compromise' under fire

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Industry misses new trains target

From Sport
Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Thousands celebrate Asian culture

From Sport
Christie could get two-year ban

From Entertainment
Colleagues remember Compo

Mother pleads for baby's return

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Health
Nurses role set to expand

Israeli PM's plane in accident

More lottery cash for grassroots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Double killer gets life

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

From UK Politics
Straw on trial over jury reform

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Ex-spy stays out in the cold

From UK Politics
Blair warns Livingstone

From Health
Smear equipment `misses cancers'

From Entertainment
Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

Fake bubbly warning

Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

From UK Politics
Germ warfare fiasco revealed

Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

Tourists shot by mistake

A new look for News Online