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Inquest into Potters Bar deaths to begin after 'extreme delay'

An inquest into the deaths of seven people killed in a train crash at Potters Bar eight years ago, for which collapsed rail contractor Jarvis admitted liability, will start today.

Seven were killed and 76 injured when the rear carriage of a train travelling from London to Cambridge left the rails, smashed into a bridge, and came to rest across the platform at Potters Bar station on May 10, 2002.

Jarvis admitted liability for the crash in 2004.

Judge Michael Findlay Baker QC will now conduct the inquest into the deaths of Austen Kark, Emma Knights, Jonael Schickler, Alexander Ogunwusi, Chia Hsin Lin, Chia Chin Wu and Agnes Quinlivan.

Judge Baker said: “Eight years have passed since the Potters Bar rail crash. The delay in holding an inquest has been extreme and will have protracted to an exceptional degree the distress of those who have been bereaved.

“In their interest and in the more general public interest, there must be no more delay.”

The inquest will be held in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, and is expected to last about two months.