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Broken rail suspected in Hatfield crash

 Annanova : Wednesday October 18, 2000
Railtrack says it
Hatfield 17 Oct 200
photo : reuters

cannot rule out the possibility that the high-speed rail crash in Hertfordshire was caused by a broken section of track.

It has also imposed speed restrictions on any sections of track similar to that at the Hatfield crash site.

A company spokesman issued a statement saying: "Railtrack today is investigating the possibility of a broken rail being a factor in yesterday's tragedy at Hatfield."

The spokesman continued: "Access to the site has continued to be limited. However, investigations will urgently continue throughout today to determine this and any other factors that may be present.

"As a precaution, Railtrack has imposed blanket speed restrictions across the country at any site with similarity to the characteristics of the track at Hatfield. This will cause some disruption to services today. "

The Railtrack spokesman added: "Our investigation will continue with the utmost urgency."

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