Memorial service to mark 10th anniversary of Potters Bar rail crash

06:20 08 May 2012

The scene of the crash at Potters Bar station

The scene of the crash at Potters Bar station


A MEMORIAL to remember those killed and injured in the Potters Bar rail crash 10 years ago will take place this week.

The tragedy rocked the town on May 10, 2002 when a train derailed at high speed, killing seven and injuring 76.

And, exactly a decade on, an open memorial service will take place at the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Vincent, next Thursday.

Ten years ago, the town witnessed part of a train travelling north from London King’s Cross wedged between the station platform and building structures, bringing Darkes Lane and Potters Bar to a stunned chaotic standstill.

Six of those who died that day were passengers on board the train bound for King’s Lynn in Norfolk, while a seventh – South Mimms pensioner Agnes Quinlivan – was killed by masonry falling from the bridge over Darkes Lane.

The service commemorating the anniversary will begin at 12.50pm at the Memorial Garden outside the front of Potters Bar rail station, where prayers will be said for those who died and were injured.

At 12.56pm, the time of the crash, a minute’s silence will be observed.

A service will then be held at the church on Mutton Lane led by the Rev John Sherrington, starting at 1.15pm.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be supplied afterwards.


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