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Deputy PM announces public inquiry into tragic rail accident

  : Tuesday, October 05, 1999
Britain's deputy prime minister, John Prescott has ordered a public inquiry into the tragic Paddington rail accident

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Wrecked carriages of the GWT IC 125 at Ladbroke Grove near Paddington station

Mister Prescott made the announcement as he visited the scene of the crash at Ladbroke Grove earlier today. He told reporters "We will get to the bottom of everything that happened". Eight people are known to have been killed when a Great Western Intercity 125 express and a Thames Trains 3 car commuter train collided and caught fire.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the British Transport Police into the cause of the train has begun. Black box recorders have been recovered which contain data about the trains' performance. These will give some indication of what was happenning to the trains during the moments leading up to the impact. The investigators will also wish to examine the signalling system to determine if there was a signal failure.

A public inquiry is currently being conducted by the Health & Safety Executive into an accident involving another GWT IC125 which occurred two years ago at southall which is on the same stretch of line.

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