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Dozens killed in Moorgate Tube crash



A London Underground train has crashed at Moorgate, killing the driver and
at least 29 passengers and injuring more than 70 in the worst-ever Tube
disaster.
The 0837 train from Drayton Park to Moorgate was packed with commuters going
to work when it overshot the platform and ploughed into a dead-end tunnel at
0846.
Passengers on platform nine said the train appeared to shudder and
accelerate as it arrived at the station.
It failed to stop and carried on passed the platform, into the tunnel and
smashed through a sand barrier and into a brick wall at 30mph.
The driver, Leslie Newson, 55, was killed.
The front three carriages have been crushed together with the last three
intact at the platform.
The crash left the station in total darkness and threw up a huge amount of
soot and dust.
The rescue operation has involved several teams - police, London Underground
staff, fire crews, doctors and nurses from St Bartholomew's Hospital and
members of the Salvation Army.

It was a horrible mess of limbs and mangled iron


Gerard Kemp, journalist


They have been working all day to free the dead and the injured from the
tangled mass of metal in atrocious conditions.
Only one journalist was allowed down into the tunnel - Gerard Kemp of the
Daily Telegraph.
"It was a horrible mess of limbs and mangled iron," he said.
"One of the great problems [for the rescue teams] was the intense heat down
there. It must have been 120 degrees. It was like opening the door of an
oven."
Twelve hours after the tragedy, a young policewoman was brought out of the
front carriage after her foot was amputated.
The last known survivor, a 26-year-old man, was brought out at 2200GMT.
It is feared many more bodies will be found over the next few days.
The cause of the crash is, as yet, unknown.



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Presumably you were trolling there by posting a news story about a
train crash that happened decades ago but not including a date. What
was the point?

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