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Monday, 11 October, 1999, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
In pictures: Ladbroke Grove crash
31 people were killed in the 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.

Fire raged in one of the carriages

Fire rages in one of the carriages immediately after the collision (Photo:Cisotti/Deidda)

Firemen attend to the smouldering wreck of one of the trains

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

Rescue workers battle to free those who were trapped

Rescue workers battle to free trapped passengers.

The police help a survivor to safety

Police help to stretcher a survivor to safety.

Firefighters take a short break from freeing the injured and the dead

Firefighters take a short break from their grim task.

Train passenger Gareth Stringer recovers in hospital

Injured train passenger Gareth Stringer recovers in hospital.

After the living were freed the fgrim task of removing the dead began

After all the survivors are rescued, workers begin to remove the dead.

Human remains are photographed before being removed

Photographs are taken by the forensic team investigating the crash.

A poignant message at Reading Station as more than 100 people remain unaccounted for

A poignant message at Reading Station, as up to 100 people are still thought to be missing.

Flowers have been left on a bridge near to the crash site

Floral tributes are left on a bridge overlooking the site of the crash.

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.


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See also:

08 Oct 99 | London train crash
07 Oct 99 | N Ireland
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