Wednesday, October 6, 1999 Published at 22:22 GMT 23:22 UK
Prescott orders rail safety review
One of the trains may have jumped a red light
Mr Prescott said he would "leave no stone unturned in ensuring a safe railway system in which the public has confidence."
The train drivers' union, Aslef, is threatening strike action unless rail companies agree to the nationwide installation of the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system as well as in-cab radios.
However, in August, Mr Prescott said a cheaper alternative would be deployed across the network by 2004.
The review will be chaired by Sir David Davies, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and will make its initial findings public by early December.
Sir David's report will be separate from the current public inquiry into the Southall rail crash and the public inquiry into the Paddington disaster announced by Mr Prescott on Tuesday.
'Determined to get answers'
Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie visited people injured in Tuesday's crash in hospital on Wednesday morning.
He said the survivors wanted to know how and why the accident happened and what could be done to ensure it is not repeated.
"We are determined that we will get those answers as fully and as swiftly as possible," he said.
"There is a job to be done in rebuilding the confidence in the safety of our railways after this and it is important that we establish the full facts and as deeply as we possibly can."
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