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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Hatfield victim's family gets 1m
Hatfield crash
Four people were killed in the crash in October 2000
The family of one of the four victims of the Hatfield rail crash has received 1m damages at the High Court.

Stephen Arthur, 46, was one of the four passengers who died when a GNER Kings Cross to Leeds express was derailed by a broken track in October 2000.

His widow, Lindsay, from Pease Pottage, West Sussex, was awarded the payout by Railtrack which admitted liability.

Some of the money will be invested for their two children, aged 10 and seven, and help with their higher education.

'Man of great energy'

Mr Arthur, an executive jet pilot, died along with fellow pilot Robert Alcorn, 37, advertising executive Peter Monkhouse, 50, of Leeds, and solictor Leslie Gray, 43, of Nottingham.

Railtrack was accused of failing to maintain the track adequately after the east coast mainline express hit a broken rail and derailed killing the four men.

The settlement made at the High Court in London on Monday was the last of the four fatal injury claims to be finalised.

Mrs Arthur's solictor, John Pickering, of law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: "She is very relieved that the case has now concluded and is looking forward to being able to put this behind her and get on with her life with her children.

"It has been a very unhappy affair and she is very glad it has now been resolved."

Mr Arthur was described by Stephen Irwin QC, for Mrs Arthur, as "a man of great energy, determination and talent - very resourceful and successful."

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