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'Up to 45' hurt in train crash
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High Speed train crash injures 29

  : Wednesday, June 23, 1999
A high speed train travelling at 100 mph crashed into the rear of an empty commuter train on Britain's West Coast

Main Line injuring 29 people.

The express train, forming the Virgin Trains' 0630 Euston - Glasgow service was approaching Winsford station in Cheshire when the accident occurred at 0852. The empty train, belonging to First North Western was en route to Manchester Piccadily.

The first four carriages of the express train were derailed, but remained upright. Some reports state that the locomotive fell onto its side.

Early reports from the crash scene suggested that 45 people had been injured. It has since been announced that 29 are being treated in hospital. Initial rescue attempts were hampered as rescuers could not approach the train because the electric current had not been switched-off.

Two emergency numbers have been issued for those concerned about relatives traveling on the train:

0121 654 7067 or 0121 654 7558
Earlier report:
45 injured in Virgin train crash

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