(SALISBURY, U.K.) BTP REPORT: An investigation has been launched after two trains collided, injuring 17 people and leaving the driver trapped #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: Passengers described being thrown from their seats when the Great Western and South Western Railway services crashed in Salisbury on Sunday evening: A carriage is thought to have derailed after hitting an object, and the second train then crashed into it when signalling was damaged: The line remains closed and disruption will continue for several days.

#AceDailyNews FULL REPORT: On Salisbury Train Crash: Investigation as several hurt British Transport Police (BTP) said “a number of people” were injured in the incident, which occurred at Fisherton Tunnel close to London Road in the city.

Train collision in Salisbury
The trains collided at Fisherton Tunnel, located immediately east of Salisbury Station

Investigation into Salisbury train collision: British Transport Police detectives have begun an investigation into a train collision in Salisbury, Wiltshire last night (31 October).

At around 6.45pm, a Great Western Railway service from Southampton to Cardiff collided with a South Western Railway service from London to Honiton as they both entered the Fisherton Tunnel in Salisbury.

Both trains were travelling in the same direction and one train struck the side of the other, causing it to derail whilst in the tunnel. The front few carriages remained upright while the back tipped on their side.

92 passengers were on both train services. Around thirty people attended a casualty centre which was set up in a nearby church, the majority of who were walking wounded and assessed at the scene.

Thirteen people were taken to hospital by ambulance where they have received treatment for minor injuries. One remains there.  

Unfortunately, the driver of the train was more seriously injured and his injuries are believed to be life-changing. He also remains in hospital in a stable condition this morning, and his family have been informed.

We have now moved out of the rescue phase of the operation and into the investigation which will involve the trains remaining in situ for some time. The investigation remains at an early stage but a senior detective has been appointed to lead the enquiries as we work to establish the full circumstances of how this incident came to happen.  

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley said: “This will no doubt have been an incredibly frightening experience for all those involved and our thoughts are with them and their families today: Specialist officers and detectives remain on scene in Salisbury and we are working closely alongside the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road to establish exactly how these two trains came to collide: We are keeping an open mind but at this early stage there has been nothing to suggest the train struck an object or that there was any significant delay between the trains colliding and then one derailing: This has been a large scale, multi-agency operation and I would like to pay particular to thanks to our emergency service colleagues for their efforts in safely evacuating passengers, and to the many members of the local community who reached out with offers of help.”

BBC NEWS: Families who were out trick or treating and heard the smash at 18:46 GMT likened the impact to a bomb going off. ………The fire service said they evacuated about 100 people, with the driver later released from his cab with injuries that were not believed to be serious, sources confirmed to the Press Association news agency: Passenger Angela Mattingley said there was some panic in the carriages when everything went black and people were thrown forwards and hit their heads: Lucy Gregory, who was also on board, said she was launched across a table by the impact and ended up on the floor: They smashed the windows and we got out of the window. It was really scary,” she said: Corinna Anderson, 51, from Derby, described being thrown against a wall and said a three-week-old baby was rescued.Watch passengers describe the moment when the trains collided: Tamar Vellacott, 25, said she was walking outside with her young children, around a kilometre from the scene: It was a noise we’ve never heard before… my young ones started panicking thinking it was a bomb and we said maybe a lorry had crashed on the London Road and not to panic: There was no screeching like brakes, just a long rumbling sound like thunder hitting the railway line.”An emergency casualty centre was set up at St Marks Church with local people offering blankets, food, drinks and first aid.The impact of the collision was likened to a bomb going off: The rear carriage of the 17:08 Great Western Railway (GWR) service from Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads derailed on its approach to Salisbury station, knocking out signalling in the area: Shortly afterwards, the 17:20 South Western Railway (SWR) service from London Waterloo to Honiton collided with the Bristol train: Rail services have been disrupted on Monday as a result of the crash, with cancellations to several journeys.

At the scene: Karen Gardner, BBC Radio Wiltshire: Stood on the bridge on London road, I am about 150m from the entrance to the tunnel. I can see one of the carriages slightly on a tilt, but the next carriage really alarmingly tilted, that sort of very eerie and desolate sight of a train that isn’t where it should be safe on the rails.

The first train into the tunnel was the south coast train from Portsmouth. That’s a very local service for us in Wiltshire, very well used for those short trips. It was hit by the London Waterloo train.

We know both trains weren’t going too fast. There were about 100 people on those trains. It was a very scary event for those people on board.

We can be very grateful there were not any fatalities.

So a very relieved city, a very relieved county and some very relieved train passengers this morning. 

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s safety and engineering director, said it was too early to say what had caused the collision and they were “hugely relieved” no-one was seriously injured.

He said: “Passengers must have had a really scary experience and we’re very sorry for that. 

“A detailed forensic investigation into what happened is now taking place.”

He said they could not say if the first train hitting an object caused the collision.

Mr Frobisher added: “It’s far too early to speculate and there is a lot of contradictory information. 

“It’s the start of the process so we really don’t know the facts at this point.”British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch are looking into the cause of the collision

Cameron Thrower was taken to hospital for treatment after injuring his arm and shoulder. He said he was preparing to get off the train when there was a huge amount of shaking and noise.

“We were being tossed around and I turned around behind me to see a huge whoosh of fire and sparks. It was this huge calamitous moment when you go ‘oh no’ and you can barely put a thought together until you get off the floor and realise something has gone terribly wrong. 

“First moment was bewilderment when you get up, look around and realise you’re at a 45 degree angle but then it was good to see everyone trying to see if others around them were ok. 

“We were trying to pull open doors to get people out. It was a crazy moment you never expect to happen in your life.”

‘Worked through night’ Engineering teams worked through the night to repair storm damage and services out of London Euston and London King’s Cross have resumed, Mr Frobisher said.

SWR trains between Exeter and Basingstoke, and GWR trains between Westbury and Portsmouth are affected on Monday while specialist teams continue their investigations.

Many of the lines through Salisbury are expected to remain closed until at least the end of the day on Thursday and customers are urged not to travel on that part of the network.

SWR is running a two-hourly train service between Exeter St Davids and Gillingham and GWR is offering road transport between Salisbury and Romsey.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.02: 2021:

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