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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 February, 2004, 13:52 GMT
Paddington crash survivors marry
Tony Jasper and Janet Vaughan
Tony Jasper and Janet Vaughan married on Valentine's Day
A couple who met after surviving the Paddington train disaster have been married on Valentine's Day.

Janet Vaughan and Tony Jasper, both 52, tied the knot at Reading Register Office, four years after the collision between two trains killed 31 people.

They met after joining the Paddington Survivors Group, while travelling to London to hear Lord Cullen's inquiry.

Mr Jasper said they had helped each other and added: "Our marriage is the one good thing to come from that day."

Both were passengers on the Great Western Express in October 1999 which collided with a Thames train that went through a red light just outside Paddington.

Mr Jasper said on his wedding day: "I will always have in my mind the people who died at Paddington, for those who are still suffering and for their relatives.

Crash scene
What has made life a lot easier is that because we recognise the symptoms, we have been able to help each other
Tony Jasper
"But today is a day of happiness."

The Paddington Survivors Group, which campaigns for better rail safety, organised a coach to take people too scared of train travel to the Cullen Inquiry at the Central Methodist Hall in Westminster.

Mr Jasper said: "Jan was in one row of seats with me in front, and we got chatting.

"The Central Methodist Hall is a beautiful building and I showed her around.

"We kept in touch and romance blossomed a year or two later."

Recalling the day of the crash, he said just before impact he knew the train had left the rails and he assumed the crash position on the floor.

'We have both suffered badly'

"We both suffered cuts and bruises from the crash, but what was more serious was the post-traumatic stress. We have both suffered badly from this.

"What has made life a lot easier is that because we recognise the symptoms, we have been able to help each other.

"Our marriage is the one good thing to come from that day."

Thames Trains has admitted two breaches of health and safety law and sentencing takes place at the Old Bailey next month.

Lord Cullen said the driver, who died in the crash, was not solely to blame and other factors contributed to the disaster.




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