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Paddington Rail Tragedy - Death toll of 26 is likely to rise

  : Tuesday, October 05, 1999
The death toll in the collison between two crowded trains at Ladbroke Grove near London's Paddington station is

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Wreckage at Ladbroke Grove near Paddington station
likely to rise beyond the 26 already known to have died.

The fire brigade have not yet been able to gain access to a burnt-out carriage where it is thought that there are many more bodies. Work will contiue through the night to make the wreckage safe to allow recovery to commence during daylight. Some estimates suggest that there may be as many as 60 bodies in the wreckage of the carriage.

The accident occurred at 08:11 when a Great Western Inter City 125 express train collided with a Thames Trains "Turbo" commuter train which was travelling in the opposite direction and crossing onto another track. The Metropolitan Police put the the known casualty figures for the day at 41 walking wounded, 97 people with minor injuries, 25 with serious injuries, 26 fatalities.

In a statement issued earlier today, the rail industry said that it accepted full responsibility for the tragedy.

The death toll is the highest for a British rail accident since the Clapham disaster in 1988 when 35 people died.

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