Tuesday, October 5, 1999 Published at 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Blair promises 'fullest' crash inquiry
The two trains collided during rush hour
The government has promised a public inquiry into the causes of the fatal rail crash near London's Paddington station.
"I am absolutely appalled by what is a truly dreadful tragedy," he said.
The prime minister added: "All our thoughts are with those who have died and been injured and their families and friends."
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has visited the crash scene and has paid tribute to the emergency services .
"There will be a public inquiry. People would expect that and that will happen."
Mr Prescott refused to speculate on the causes of the crash.
'Government has done nothing'
Speaking from the Tory Party conference in Blackpool, he said: "We do need a full inquiry, we need to be satisfied about what went wrong.
"We need to know why it is that the government has done nothing following the last disaster on this stretch of track and why it is we've had yet another disaster in, more or less, the same place.
Conservative leader William Hague said the crash had "cast a pall" over events at the conference.
He paid tribute to the emergency services saying they faced a "nightmarish task."
Call for joint inquiry
After the Southall rail crash Great Western Trains was fined a record £1.5m when it was found guilty of a "dereliction of duty".
The accident is also the subject of an ongoing public inquiry.
Lawyers acting for the victims of the Southall crash have now called for the collision at Paddington to be immediately incorporated into that inquiry.
Shaun Twomey of Collins Solicitors in Watford, said: "In order to ensure that the inherent deficiencies in co-ordination of safety management are examined it is necessary not to look at incidents in isolation but together."
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