Friday, October 8, 1999 Published at 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Inquest names crash victims
Emergency teams carry a body from the wreckage
The two drivers who died in the Paddington train crash have been named at the opening of an inquest into the deaths of the first 11 victims.
Brian Cooper, 52, a grandfather and father of three, from Hayes, west London, was the driver of the Intercity train.
He was identified from his clothing and documents on Thursday, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.
His family described him on Friday as "a real gentleman, a kind and loving family man".
The Thames train driver, Michael Hodder, 31, a father of two from Reading, Berks, was also officially named as one of the dead. He was identified by his dental records.
He had been returning home for his son's birthday.
Mo Mowlam aide
Coroner Dr Paul Knapman was also told the identities of a further eight men and one woman during the 15-minute hearing, identified by dental records or possessions such as wedding rings and photographs.
Det Insp James Dickie of the central London major investigation team, confirmed 30 bodies had been received at the mortuary.
"We anticipate as the coaches are moved we might find other bodies," he told the court.
In closing the hearing, Dr Knapman said he wanted to thank those who had worked tirelessly on the investigation.
"My sympathy and that of those involved goes out to the relatives. We are all very well aware of the need for information by relatives as soon as possible," he added.
He said the inquest would be formally adjourned until Wednesday 27 October when matters would be reviewed.
But the hearing would probably re-open each Wednesday as further identifications were made, he said.