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Hatfield rail crash survivors to join 20th anniversary ceremony

Survivors of the Hatfield rail crash will join those bereaved by the tragedy to mark its 20th anniversary. The four passengers killed when an express train derailed on October 17 2000 will be remembered in a service at St Etheldreda’s Church in the Hertfordshire town.Capacity at the annual gathering will be limited to 30 people due to Covid-19 restrictions. Father Darren Collins, who will conduct the service, told the PA news agency: “It was heart-breaking at the time, and the town wants to remember the lives that were lost and the lives that were changed forever.” The Hatfield crash was among a spate of fatal accidents on Britain’s railways, but the network’s safety record has vastly improved since that period.Father Collins said the victims’ families are “reassured that something positive came out of one of the saddest occasions of their lives”.

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