13 people have been confirmed dead and 70 injured after the inter-city GNER train collided with a vehicle on the track and then a freight train near Selby at 6.20am.
Selby DC staff were put on standby, deputy chief executive Mike White said. The police command centre for the operation is located next door to Selby Civic Centre.
Members of North Yorkshire CC's emergency risk management team visited the scene soon after the crash. Staff provided information and advice on getting a 1,000-tonne crane in to the area. 'In partnership with the police and the district council we have set up a mortuary', a North Yorks spokeswoman told LGCnet.
Newcastle City Council social services have been put on standby to provide counselling support to friends and family of passengers involved in the crash, a spokeswoman said. The train originated in the city at 4.45am. Social services director Tom Dervin said: 'GNER have a contract with an independent counselling service for friends and families in these circumstances. We are providing support to that service through Careline, the Tyne and Wear Post Incident Counselling Service which we will coordinate if called upon. Council leader Tony Flynn offered his condolences to the injured and friends and family of anyone involved in the accident:
'My condolences go out to the victims of this terrible accident and their families. I am sure that the thoughts of everyone in Newcastle are with them at this worrying time.'
The majority of passengers would have got on at York at 5.59am in a bid to get to the capital's King's Cross station at 8.29am.
York City Council's bereavement counselling staff have been put on standby at York District Hospital where many of the injured have been taken. A council spokeswoman said: 'We have also offered our assistance in the future for people who might need help following the crash in the long term.'