Ladbroke Grove rail crash of 1999
On Tuesday, 5 October 1999, two trains collided at Ladbroke
Grove Junction. 31 people died as a result of the crash, including
both drivers, and 258 were injured.
As the Cheltenham to Paddington Great Western service was
travelling into Paddington, the Paddington to Bedwyn Thames Trains
service was heading in the opposite direction. At 8.11am the two
trains collided head on.
Emergency services personnel, including officers from both the
Metropolitan Police and BTP, were on the scene within
Chief Inspector Brian Gosden, Officer-in-charge of BTP’s London
control room, said at the time of the crash: "As soon as the news
of the accident became public, we had staff ringing to
volunteer to help. By the time the night turn came on we had every
"People made tremendous efforts — they stayed at their posts and
didn't take breaks. Even in the midst of this very major incident,
the room maintained its air of quiet efficiency."
On 11 October, Her Majesty the Queen visited the scene of the
crash. The Queen was clearly troubled by what she saw as she was
shown around the accident scene by BTP Chief Constable David
Williams. Her Majesty visited the area again later in the
same week, to meet members of the emergency services involved in
the rescue and recovery operation.
The rescue operation and subsequent searches lasted until 14
October, with rescue efforts severely hampered by the delicate
state of some of the wreckage.
In a letter to Chief Constable Williams, Deputy Prime
Minister John Prescott expressed his thanks to the BTP for their
efforts following the Paddington rail crash: "I am writing to
express my gratitude and admiration for the action of your
officers. Their prompt and professional response to this terrible
accident was a credit to the Force, and I am sure their actions
helped prevent further loss of life and injuries."
Those who lost their lives
|Sam Di Lieto
|Sun Yoon Hah
Honouring the heroes of the Paddington rail crash
"It is remarkable to see what people can rise to when these
terrible disasters occur," said HRH The Prince of Wales as he
presented Commendations to those involved in the 1999 Paddington
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