Every car driver in Britain could pay an extra 50p in insurance premiums to meet the cost of compensation for the Berkshire rail crash, which is likely to generate one of the biggest motor insurance payouts in history.
As a crane began lifting the damaged First Great Western railway carriages from the crash site yesterday, lawyers began preparing claims on behalf of the 150 injured passengers and the families of the six passengers who died.
Legal sources suggested that the bill for insurers could be greater than the record £30m paid out after the Selby train crash three years ago, when a van driver, Gary Hart, fell asleep at the wheel and sent his vehicle careering down an embankment into the path of an intercity train.
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