MP Shapps welcomes Hatfield rail crash survivors to Parliament
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On Tuesday 10th July, local MP, Grant Shapps, welcomed to the Houses of Parliament a group of survivors from the Hatfield rail crash.
The rail crash, which took place twelve years ago occurred when a high speed InterCity 225 train from London King’s Cross to Leeds derailed just south of Hatfield station, alongside the A1000. The train, carrying around 200 passengers, was travelling at 115mph when it came off the tracks, causing many of the carriages to be tipped over.
4 passengers were killed and a further 70 injured in the disaster. The cause of the accident was later determined to be a cracked and worn rail, which fractured as the train passed over it.
A small memorial garden along the A1000 in Hatfield commemorates the exact location where the accident took place and provides a peaceful place for the survivors to visit.
After speaking with the survivors, Grant said, “It’s now 12 years since that rail crash, but it’s clear that for those involved they still live with the consequences. I was interested to hear about how that day changed their lives and how they have managed to force changes in the law to address what happened back then. All of us who live in Hatfield want to remember the victims of that tragedy and it was a pleasure to host a group of the survivors in Parliament today.”