London Lite Monday, 5 October 2009 19 First train journey since Paddington crash 10 years ago A BUSINESSWOMAN whose badly burned face came to symbolise the Paddington rail crash told today of her terror as she took a train journey for the first time since the disaster. Pam Warren, 42, made an emo- tional trip on a Great Western express on the same route as the one that collided with a Thames service at Ladbroke Grove 10 years ago today, claiming 31 lives and injuring more than 400. She spent three weeks uncon- scious in intensive care after the crash, endured 22 operations on her face and hands and had to wear a protective plastic mask 23 hours a day for 18 months. But she said it was not until the physical damage began to heal that she began to suffer deep psychological trauma, leading to heavy drinking, a suicide attempt, admission to a psychi- atric ward and the breakdown of her marriage. After years of therapy, she agreed to recreate her journey from Slough to Paddington for Return journey: Pam takes rail trip for TV show tonight 13 minutes oF terror as badly burned survivor marks anniversary by georgina littlejohn Face of courage: Pam Warren in burn mask a TV documentary tonight to mark the anniversary. She said: My heart was racing and right up to the last second I wasnt sure if I was going to be able to get on. I havent stepped on a train since the crash but I dont like the thought of fear ruling me or the crash defining me. The journey took 13 minutes and it was a relief when it ended, but I felt elated because it was important for me to complete the journey I started 10 years ago. It feels as if my life has come full circle. Ms Warren, who founded the Paddington Survivors Group, was forced to give up the financial advisory service she set up with her ex-husband. But she has now started an events management business and is a voluntary counsellor for burns victims. Union bosses today used the 10th anni- versary to claim that cutbacks in Network Rail maintenance could trigger another disaster. lLady In The Mask 10 Years On: tonight, 8pm ITV1. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html