Twenty-seven people have now been confirmed to have been killed according to a statement from the Metropolitan
Police this morning.
At a press briefing, Deputy Assistant Commisioner Andy Trotter confirmed the number of fatalities as 27. Fifteen bodies had been removed from the scene and 12 are to be recovered during the day. It is anticipated that the toll will rise beyond this figure.
According to another, unconfirmed report the two drivers of the trains have not been found.
The lead vehicle of the Thames "Turbo" commuter train which was severely burnt in the fire following the crash was yet to be searched. "It is going to be a painstaking task to search this carriage" said Mr Trotter.
Heavy lifting equipment is to be brought to the scene to assist with the recovery operation and a temporary road will have to be created alongside the railway line. A number of temporary buildings will have to be demolished to enable this.
A number of reception centres have been set up by the Police for freinds and relatives who are concerned about any one who may have been travelling on either of the trains. A telephone number is available for friends and relatives is 0171 834 7777.
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