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Friday, 10 March, 2000, 22:23 GMT
Train collision at London station
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Three people were seriously injured
About 30 people were injured, three seriously, when a train hit stationary carriages at Waterloo Station in London.

Two of the casualties have been kept in hospital overnight - one of them in an intensive care unit - although neither are said to have life threatening injuries.

The accident happened at 1350 GMT on platform five at Waterloo, one of London's six main rail terminals.

Three people suffered serious injuries in the crash and a further 27 "walking wounded" received medical attention after suffering minor injuries.

British Transport Police said the majority of injuries were whiplash or cuts and bruises caused by the impact.

Superintendent Tony Thompson, of British Transport Police, said there had been about 120 people on the train.

Driver breathalised

He said the driver of the moving train had been breathalised "as a matter of routine" and the test was negative.

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Accident under investigation
The accident happened when the 1309 service from Hampton Court into Waterloo came into contact with the 1318 train from Clapham yard, which was empty.

The trains were due to link up to form the 1352 GMT service from Waterloo to Chessington, Surrey.

Both trains were operated by South West Trains.

Supt Thompson said there was no evidence that the train had been travelling too quickly.

"The early indications are that the train was travelling at a normal speed," he said.

Graham Eccles, managing director of South West Trains, said the accident was not due to faults with the signalling system or the tracks.

"It is either a fault of the train or driver error," he said.

Investigation begun

He described the accident as "regrettable."

He said the passenger train had been due to stop shortly before pulling into platform five to give passengers the chance to disembark.

But the train collided with the back of the stationary train.

"We need to find out exactly what happened," he said.

A spokesman for the train drivers' union Aslef said they very much regretted that the accident had happened.

"We will co-operate fully with any inquiry into the accident to try and find out exactly what happened," he said.

Ten ambulances and two motor cycle paramedics went to the scene after the service was alerted at around 1345 GMT.

Waterloo Station was kept open despite the accident, however several services have been disrupted.

Railtrack said it had officials at the scene and had begun an investigation.

Mr Eccles said he hoped normal services would be running from Waterloo station by the evening.

"We are hoping to run a normal peak flow service this evening and hope there shouldn't be too many delays," he said.

The accident comes less than six months after the Paddington rail crash, on the other side of London, which killed 31 people.

Three years ago seven people died and 139 were injured when two trains collided at Southall station in west London

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