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SOUTHALL CRASH MEN RECOVERING

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Easington DC leader Derek Thompson, badly hurt in September's Southall train crash, hopes to be back at the council...
Easington DC leader Derek Thompson, badly hurt in September's Southall train crash, hopes to be back at the council in the next few weeks.

Mr Thompson suffered crushed vertebrae in the accident, which also seriously injured deputy leader Alan Napier and councillor Alan Lockyear.

Tourism development officer Ged Traynor was one of six people killed in the tragedy.

A council spokeswoman said Mr Napier had started dropping in to the office, and it was hoped Mr Thompson would be well enough to return in the next few weeks.

Mr Lockyear was still undergoing intensive physiotherapy for leg injuries, but all three were taking a keen interest in council business and were 'champing at the bit' to return, she said.

Staff and members had been in close contact and were offering as much support as possible, she added.

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