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Britain Crash Death Toll Rises

November 3, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ The death toll from last month’s Paddington train crash rose to 31 on Wednesday when a 25-year-old woman died in a hospital of injuries suffered in the collision.

Sunni Hah sustained burns over 70 percent of her body in the Oct. 5 crash. The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said she died from her injuries.

The collision _ which also injured 244 other people _ happened after the driver of a Thames train heading out of London’s Paddington Station went through a red light during the morning rush hour. It collided with an incoming high-speed Great Western commuter train.

Hah was among five victims of the train crash being treated in the London hospital’s burn unit. The other four were in stable condition, the hospital said.

The accident was Britain’s worst rail crash since 1988, when three trains collided outside London’s Clapham Junction Station, killing 35 people.

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