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17 June 1998

British high-speed train in 100mph derailment

17 June 1998 An Intercity 225 train travelling at around 100mph was derailed last night near Sandy in Bedforshire. The train, operated by GNER was carrying about 400 passengers. There were no fatalities in the acident, but nine people suffered minor injuries.

Sandy, Bedfordshire

A wheel of one of the carriages was found to be broken and this is believed to have caused the train to come off the rails. As a precaution, all GNER's IC225 trains have been withdrawn from service for their wheels to be inspected. This will be done using ultrasonic techniques.

The accident follows a high-speed accident in Germany which killed 95 people on 3 June 1998.



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