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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)
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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.


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