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Timeline: Tragedy on Britain's railways

LONDON, England (CNN) -- The train crash at Potters Bar, north of London, is the latest tragedy to hit Britain's railways, despite considerable investment in track improvements over the last 18 months.

  • May 10, 2002 Seven people are killed and scores injured when a train derails and ploughs onto the platform at Potters Bar, near Hatfield, 18 miles (30 kilometres) north of London. (Full story)
    UK fatal rail crash inquiry begins 
    Seven dead in UK rail crash 
    On the scene: 'Complete devastation' 
    Witnesses describe crash horror 
    More misery on Britain's rails 
    Rail expert: Points may have moved 
    Timeline: History of tragedy 
    Photo gallery: Scenes from the crash 
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  • February 28, 2001 Ten people are killed after a Land Rover crashes down a motorway embankment onto a railway line near Selby, north Yorkshire, and is hit by a passenger train which is deflected into the path of an oncoming goods train. (Full story)
  • October 17, 2000 Four people when as a high-speed train derails between London and Hatfield. (Full story)
  • October 5, 1999 Two passenger trains collide head-on at Ladbroke Grove, west London, close to Paddington station, killing 31 people. One of the trains passed a red signal. (Ladbroke Grove, one year on)
  • September 19, 1997 A passenger train collides with a freight train at Southall, west London, on the same stretch of track. Seven people die and 150 are injured.
  • March 6, 1989 Two suburban trains crash head-on in Glasgow. Two people die.
  • March 4, 1989 Five people are killed and more than 90 injured when two trains collided outside Purley station, south London.
  • December 12, 1988 Three morning rush-hour trains are involved in a crash at Clapham Junction, south London, killing 35 people.
  • November 12, 1988 A commuter train hits a bridge after leaving the tracks at St. Helens, Merseyside, killing the driver and injuring 18 passengers.
  • The UK's worst train crash was on May 22, 1915, when a troop train collided with a passenger train at Gretna Green, killing 227 people.


    • Train derails at 100mph
    October 17, 2000
    • UK motorist jailed for train crash
    January 11, 2002



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