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Crash survivor recalls rail drama
Graham Stuart
Graham Stuart was in the first carriage of the train
A survivor of the Cumbria train crash has told BBC News about his ordeal.

Graham Stuart, who was in the front carriage, described the moment the train came off the rails.

There was a loud bang and my laptop went shooting across the table and my earphones came out.

For a few seconds it felt rough. I thought we were going to grind to a halt, that's what it felt like.

And then, all of a sudden, it went pitch black.

That's when I was thrown about all over the place. I was desperately trying to hold on to the table.

There must have been a few seconds of silence. Then people started groaning and lots of people shouting
Graham Stuart
Crash survivor

I didn't really know what direction I was going, or what was happening.

It eventually stopped. There must have been a few seconds of silence. Then people started groaning and lots of people shouting.

I climbed up a wall, but it was a floor now.

I'd always heard that in those situations people climb out of windows.

I tried but, because of my [injured] hip, I couldn't stand up straight, so I crouched down again.

I could hear shouting.

Cleaned up

I was only in the carriage for about five minutes and that was down to other passengers helping me out.

And then the people that owned the farm nearby took me in.

They sat me down and cleaned me up.

Pretty much everyone has been brilliant.



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