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Paddington Rail Tragedy - Death toll remains uncertain as burnt-out carriage awaits examination

  : Wednesday, October 07, 1999
Authorities remain uncertain of the final death death toll in the rail crash near Paddington on Tuesday. Police have

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however confirmed that 30 people are known to have died, but the final figure is likely to be higher.

At a press conference this afternoon, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Trotter told reporters that 10 of the 70 people who were thought to be missing yesterday have now been reported to be alive and well. In a statement, Mr Trotter said "We believed that some of the 30 bodies will be amongst the remainder of 60" adding "but there are still approximately 47 people who remain unaccounted for at this stage."

Out of a further 100 people who had been reported missing by friends or relatives, 23 have been accounted for and are unhurt.

The police have appealed to people who called to report relatives missing but who have since returned to contact the police to let them know. This will allow the police to concentrate their resources on those who continue to be missing.

It is unlikely that any attempt to search the front carriage of the IC 125 will be begun before this evening. The wreckage is very unstable and work is continuing to make it safe. The carriage in question was most affected by the fire that followed the accident. It is reported that ash from the fire is knee-high inside the carriage and searching it will be a slow and labourious process.

The accident happened at 08:11, during the morning rush hour. A Great Western Trains Inter City 125, approaching Paddington collided with a 3 car commuter train, operated by Thames Trains which was leaving Paddington, headed for Bedwyn in Wiltshire.

The telephone number to contact the Casualty Bureau is

0171 834 7777

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