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TV star awarded rail crash payout
Potters Bar crash
Ms Liu was one of 66 people injured in the Potters Bar crash
A top Taiwanese TV presenter has been awarded substantial compensation after being horrifically injured in the Potters Bar Rail crash.

Tanya Liu was left with intellectual and cognitive problems after suffering brain damage in the 2002 disaster.

The 39-year-old, who is now cared for by her family in Hong Kong, was awarded an undisclosed sum by the High Court.

James Badenoch QC told the court Ms Liu, who drew audiences of 140 million, was left "a shadow of her former self".

During her career, Ms Liu had interviewed Bill Clinton and Bill Gates. Her popularity had led to the Chinese premier intervening to fly her to Beijing for specialist care following the crash.

'Sum reflects severity'

She spent two months in a coma having suffered brain damage, spinal fractures and internal injuries.

Ms Liu's sister, brother-in-law and elderly parents are now providing her round-the-clock care.

Mr Badenoch said: "She has been reduced to a shadow of her former remarkable self and it is very difficult for her to come to terms with that."

Mr Justice Irwin agreed an award against Jarvis Rail Ltd and Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd which he said was "on my view a substantial sum and reflects the severity of this injury."

Seven people were killed and a further 76 people were injured when a train left the tracks near Potters Bar station after passing over a faulty set of points in May 2002.


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