Thursday, October 7, 1999 Published at 22:20 GMT 23:20 UK
Swift answers for crash families
Relatives of the missing at the scene of the crash
As relatives of the 127 people missing in the London rail crash wait for news of their loved ones, investigators have promised the first reports and identities will be made public within hours.
Inquests into the deaths of four of the 30 bodies already discovered have also been scheduled for Friday.
Coroner Dr Paul Knapman is likely to name a number of the dead - although the grim process of finding and identifying all the bodies could take weeks.
The HSE will then discuss them at a news conference at about 1400BST, giving early indictions of what may have caused the disaster.
The Financial Times says the report reveals that the advanced train protection system on the Great Western train was switched off when it collided with the local Thames rain.
Though not a factor in the crash, because the Great Western does not appear to have gone through a red light, the news would be embarrassing to the company and raise further questions about safety standards.
The HSE has not commented on the article.
Earlier, about 45 relatives visited the crash scene at Ladbroke Grove, not far from Paddington station.
The group, accompanied by counsellors and clergymen, were escorted to the trackside by British Transport Police officers.
Many carried flowers. One woman wept as she was brought closer to the wreckage.
"They are convinced that their loved ones have died."
Police say they have managed to whittle down the number of people missing after Tuesday's crash, but the toll could still move past 100.
Of the 30 people still in hospital, four remain critically injured.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Trotter, of the Metropolitan Police, confirmed 70 missing people had definitely boarded the trains, and he said they were becoming increasingly concerned about the other 57.
Searchers discovered two more bodies in the burned out wreckage on Thursday, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 30.
At a news conference at New Scotland Yard, Dr Knapman said one body had definitely been identified.
Dr Knapman said various methods were being used to identify bodies: visual likeness, dental records, fingerprints, jewellery, clothes, tattoos or anatomical scars, with DNA being used as a last resort.
He predicted that few, if any, identifiable remains would be recovered from the charred Carriage H on the Great Western express, which collided with a Thames Train near Ladbroke Grove.
The search is expected to continue over the weekend and rail services may not be restored until the middle of next week.
Rescuers have to assemble a 100-tonne crane capable of moving and stabilising Carriage H before a fingertip search can begin. The crane, which can lift up to 1,000 tonnes, is not expected to be in operation until Friday.
Mr Prescott has ordered one of the country's top judges, Lord Cullen, to head a public inquiry into the disaster.
This summer the government opted for a Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) - a cheaper version of ATP - to be introduced on all trains by the end of 2003, at a cost of about £150m.
They have also appealed to anyone who was on either of the trains and are especially keen to talk to anyone who was in Carriage H but disembarked at Reading.
The number to call is 0171 834 7777. Worried relatives and friends should call the same number.
All people on the train or witnesses nearby are also asked to call the British Transport Police answerphone on 0800 405040 and leave their name and numbers so they can be contacted as part of the inquiry.