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70 Unaccounted for in Train Crash

October 6, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Seventy people were still unaccounted for today from Britain’s worst rail disaster in a decade, police said.

It wasn’t entirely clear if those 70 included the 28 people who were confirmed dead, police said, as they had not identified everyone. Police also have received reports from friends and relatives about another 100 people who may have boarded the trains.

Police, firemen and railway crews, working with a heavy crane, searched for more bodies today in a coach that was burned and mangled in the rush-hour collision Tuesday. The crash, in the residential Ladbroke Grove area of west London, killed at least 28 people and injured more than 160.

``We are sure that no other survivors will be found. It is increasingly clear that there is very little else to recover from the scene,″ said Andy Trotter, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

The train companies said their investigation would focus on the behavior of the outbound Thames Trains service, which may have gone through a red light.

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