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Ipswich officer tells of train carnage

PUBLISHED: 04:03 15 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

A BRITISH Transport Police officer from Ipswich today described the awful scenes which he witnessed when he arrived at the Potters Bar rail crash.

Three officers from Ipswich – Sergeant Bob Munn, Detective Constable Alan Reed and Pc Andy Johnson – drove to Hertfordshire within a few minutes of the emergency call coming in on Friday.

A BRITISH Transport Police officer from Ipswich today described the awful scenes which he witnessed when he arrived at the Potters Bar rail crash.

Three officers from Ipswich – Sergeant Bob Munn, Detective Constable Alan Reed and Pc Andy Johnson – drove to Hertfordshire within a few minutes of the emergency call coming in on Friday.

arrived at the scene of the carnage around 2pm.

"It was very chaotic," said Sgt Munn. "All the emergency services and members of the public were doing there utmost to help.

"It was a horrific scene of devastation. There were lumps of masonry and other debris spread all over the station car park. Several cars were damaged and cars under the bridge were wrecked."

Sgt Munn was put in charge of allowing admittance the inner cordon was within five or six yards of the stricken carriage. The inner cordon preserves the area as a potential crime scene.

"The carriage which was on its side," he said. "The damage to the infrastructure of the station itself was total. It flattened everything.

"As soon as the injured were dealt with the focus immediately changed to scene preservation. Pc Johnson and I were deployed to set up the inner cordon which we ran until 11.30pm. Dc Reed was put on the investigation team."

It was almost 12 hours after their arrival that the officers from Suffolk were able to stand down and return home, although Dc Reed will continue to travel down to Hertfordshire to be part of the inquiry.

Another BTP officer from Ipswich Pc Dave Vint has also been on duty at Potters Bar while others will be on standby in case they are needed.


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