Worker describes scene of crash at Potters Bar derailment inquest

AN office worker has told the inquest into the Potters Bar rail tragedy how he heard the train crash while he sat at his desk.

Alan Ticehurst told judge Findlay Baker today (Wednesday) how he heard a loud bang and felt the whole office shake when the 12.45pm King’s Cross to King’s Lynn service derailed at Potters Bar rail station on May 10, 2002, killing seven people.

Mr Ticehurst said: “We noticed there were casualties so we grabbed our first aid kit to see what we could do.”

Mr Ticehurst came across a young man, who was alive.

“He appeared to have a broken leg or injury to his thigh and cuts to his head. He was conscious,” he said.


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Mr Ticehurst said he saw a second casualty on the track, who appeared to be dead.

The office worker stayed with the injured man on the track until paramedics arrived.

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Judge Baker thanked Mr Ticehurst on behalf of the families of the bereaved and the injured for the courage he had shown in going onto the platform.

Potters Bar grandmother Agnes Quinlivan was among those killed when debris from the crash hit her as she walked under a railway bridge.

The independent hearing, which is being held in Letchworth, is expected to last for at least two months.

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