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Widow saw husband's train at Selby
Mary Dunn
Mrs Dunn says she finds the peace garden a comfort
The wife of a freight train driver killed in the Selby disaster has told how she first saw her husband's wrecked train on a television newsflash.

Ten men were killed in the accident at Great Heck, near Selby, in February 2001, when a Land Rover crashed onto the line and two trains collided.

Steve Dunn, 39, was driving the freight train.

Speaking from the special memorial garden on the site of the accident, his wife Mary told the BBC what happened on the day of the tragedy.

Overturned train
Mr Dunn's freight train was spotted on TV by his wife
"My son James turned on the television and the first thing I saw was a flash, which I think was taken from the bridge, looking down onto what was Steve's overturned locomotive," she said.

Mrs Dunn said her two sons later asked to visit the crash scene.

"I know it was absolutely right for them that they did it. They had a completely free choice and they both were keen to come to the site."

Mrs Dunn said her family had slowly adjusted to life without her husband.

"It has been very difficult at times, particularly for the boys," she said.

"They're going through times when their dad should be there for them and they'll never see him again."

An inquest jury decided that Mr Dunn and the nine other men were unlawfully killed.

Steve Dunn
Mr Dunn was on a training journey on the day of the crash
The jury at Harrogate's Majestic Hotel took three hours to return the unanimous verdicts on Friday.

The crash happened when a Land Rover, driven by Gary Hart, plunged off the M62 motorway onto the East Coast mainline.

Moments later it was struck by a high-speed GNER express train which derailed and then hit the fully-laden freight train travelling in the opposite direction.

Hart, of Strubby, Lincolnshire, was later convicted of 10 counts of causing death by dangerous driving and sentenced to five years in prison.

Following the inquest jury's verdicts Mrs Dunn said: "If anything positive can come out of these two years, it's that every individual driver takes the responsibility to ensure they are fit to drive at all times and then accept responsibility should something happen.

"We are now completely confident we know the truth. It's never going to go away but hopefully, it will make it a bit more manageable."

The BBC's Catherine Marston
"Ten men were killed in the accident when a Land Rover crashed onto the railway line"

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