Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Queen, Prescott and Blair Voice Their Sympathy; YORKSHIRE TRAIN DISASTER

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Queen, Prescott and Blair Voice Their Sympathy; YORKSHIRE TRAIN DISASTER

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Byline: CHARLES REISS

THE QUEEN and Tony Blair led the way in voicing sympathy for the relatives and friends of the dead and injured in the Yorkshire crash as John Prescott arrived at the scene today.

The Queen, who was told of the disaster as she awarded honours at a Buckingham Palace investiture, asked for her "deepest sympathy" to be passed on. She said: "This is a particularly shocking tragedy coming on top of so much anxiety and loss from the foot and mouth outbreak and, before that, the recent floods."

The Prime Minister said the crash was "a quite horrendous accident which has shocked the whole country".

Deputy Prime Minister and transport supremo Mr Prescott arrived at the crash scene where he announced that the Health and Safety Executive will carry out a rapid interim inquiry, reporting back within days.

Mr Prescott would return to make a statement to the Commons this evening.

At the scene he said: "It's horrific and there has been a set of unbelievable circumstances."

He refused to speculate on the cause of the accident although he said he hoped to deliver further information to the Commons in his statement, scheduled, unusually, for 7pm. …

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