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How was South Shields gran killed in India? Lawyers call for answers

Joan Nichols, the South Shields woman who died when a tourist train crashed in India.
Joan Nichols, the South Shields woman who died when a tourist train crashed in India.

Specialist lawyers are calling for answers as to how an Indian train derailment happened, which killed a South Tyneside gran – and for further tragedies to be prevented.

Joan Nichols, 71, from Marsden, South Shields, and another woman died when a train derailed on India’s historic Kalka to Shimla last month.

It;s vital that lessons are learned.

Clive Garnder

Mrs Nichols, was travelling with her husband John, 72, who was also injured.

Peter and Pauline Lloyd, from Ormskirk, were on the same train as the mum-of-three, whose funeral was held last week, and they’ve been left with physical and psychological injuries.

The couple have now instructed lawyers Irwin Mitchell to investigate how the incident happened and to assist them in ensuring that they receive proper treatment and rehabilitation.

 Clive Garner, partner and head of the firm’s international personal injury team, said: “We have now heard first-hand accounts of the terrible ordeal that those on board this journey experienced, and are commencing investigations into how the incident happened.

 “It’s clear many questions remain regarding the factors which led to this derailment.

 “Following our instruction, we are determined to ensure that our clients get the answers they deserve regarding how the incident happened, at the same time we will work to ensure that those we represent access ongoing support for the physical and psychological injuries which continue to impact their lives.

 “It’s also vital that lessons are learned, and that the prospects of a similar incident occurring in the future are reduced.”