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Friday, 10 May, 2002, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
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Derailed train carriage
A train ploughs off the tracks and hits a platform at Potters Bar in southern England, killing and injuring people on board and at the station. BBC News Online provides full coverage of the latest in a series of accidents on the UK's railways.


The crash
Train carriage on platform
The train's last carriage is wedged under the station's roof.

The 1245BST WAGN service carrying 151 passengers from Kings Cross, London, to Kings Lynn derails at Potters Bar, little more than ten minutes into its journey. Three of the train's four carriages come off the tracks.




The BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports

John Andrew on past rail disasters

The BBC's David Shukman explains how the crash unfolded


Eyewitness accounts
Ambulance at the scene
The injured were taken to Barnet general hospital

Following the crash, many people who live and work in Potters Bar rush to the station in order to help in the rescue operation. They report seeing people lying under the train.




Estate agent Andrew Ansell: "Everyone thought the train was literally coming through the back of the office"

Sam Irving: "We jumped down onto the line and went under the train"

Waitress Shirley Sally: "There were a lot of local people helping out doing what they could"


Industry and political reaction
Crash site
Investigators will have to painstakingly check the train and the surrounding area

Senior politicians send their condolences to those affected by the crash, as the rail industry's experts start their investigation into what caused the accident. Investigators from the Health and Safety Executive, as well as officials from Railtrack and the train company are involved.

Transport Secretary Stephen
Byers: "Our thoughts must be with the family and friends of those that have died in this terrible accident"

The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones on
the crisis of confidence in Britain's rail
industry

The UK Railway Inspectorate's Dr Alan Sefton gives details of the official inspection of the crash site

Rail Passengers Council's Stewart Francis: "What passengers want now is answers, and they want answers as quickly as possible"