Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hospitals in 3 Counties on Alert over Casualties; YORKSHIRE TRAIN DISASTER

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hospitals in 3 Counties on Alert over Casualties; YORKSHIRE TRAIN DISASTER

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Byline: ED HARRIS

A MAJOR emergency operation swung into action today as the scale of the disaster became clear.

Hospitals across three counties - from Leeds to Hull - were put on alert and staff, even clerical workers, were called in to work early. A fleet of 16 ambulances and three helicopters - two RAF Sea Kings and the West Yorkshire air ambulance - took casualties to hospitals in Pontefract, Wakefield, Hull, Doncaster and York.

Up to 100 people were believed to have been injured in the crash, 30 seriously.

Ambulance service spokesman Nigel Metcalfe said that people were suffering from "every kind of injury you can imagine. There were "a vast number of fractures".

So overwhelming was the number of injuries that ambulance staff set up a triage area on a farm next to the track where people were treated before being taken to hospital. The damage inflicted on the coaches by the force of the crash made it difficult to calculate the number of casualties, the ambulance service said.

More than 50 people were taken to hospital - 30 to Pontefract General Infirmary, the nearest to the crash site. York District Hospital took 15 and several were taken to Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield and Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where one was critical and another serious. …

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