Memories

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8th October 1952.

There was a triple train crash at Harrow & Wealdstone Station, two express trains going in opposite directions collided into a stationary train waiting at a platform picking up passengers.Doctors and Nurses were rushed from many hospitals, and a large contingent went from the United States Airforce Base at Victoria Road, South Ruislip.

There was an urgent appeal put out on the radio by the BBC for any medical people who were not actually at work to attend immediately.Everyone worked frantically to rescue as many people as possible and give treatment where they could to the injured.All available ambulances including American ambulances were needed to take the injured to hospitals wherever they had any beds not being used.The carriages of the trains had piggy backed onto each other and could be seen towering above Wealdstone bridge.The final death toll was 112 people.Services were held in many local churches for the victims.The work carried out by all the Medics was exemplary, and people were honoured for the effort including an American Sister who was given a medal at Buckingham Palace, which I believe was the George Cross.I saw the carnage, but I cannot remember if it was the same night or next day, my Uncle had a car showroom on the main road, on the bridge.

Syd Dean.

 

 

 

 

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