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Tuesday, 17 October, 2000, 15:14 GMT 16:14 UK
Politicians express shock at crash
Lord Macdonald briefed by police at the scene
Lord Macdonald was briefed by police at the scene
Transport Minister Lord Macdonald has expressed shock at Tuesday's fatal rail crash at Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

He said: "My thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured and I extend my heartfelt condolences to all concerned."

Lord Macdonald also had words of praise for the emergency services who he said had responded with "speed and efficiency".

And he promised there would be an investigation into the tragedy.

"Although it is too early at this stage to speculate about causes, investigators from the HSE are at the scene of the accident and I have asked them to provide me with an urgent report," he said.

Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Don Foster called on the government to act quickly to implement the recommendations of the Cullen report into the Paddington train crash.

Decisive action on safety

He said: "The government must act quickly on the recommendations of the Cullen Inquiry as soon as they are published. There must be no delay."

Michael Moore, the Lib Dems' transport spokesman, added: "Public confidence in the rail network has suffered over the past few years.

"The government must act decisively on rail safety if this is to be restored."

A spokesman for the train drivers' union Aslef extend his sympathies to the families of those who died in the crash.

He said: "We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have died and to all those injured in this terrible incident."

The union was "co-operating fully" with the investigation but he reserved any further comment until the cause of the crash had been established.

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