Two Trains Collide in UK Tunnel

Two trains have collided between the town of Andover and the city of Salisbury in the United Kingdom on Oct. 31.

“Emergency services are responding to an incident at Fisherton Tunnel near Salisbury Station, involving the 1708 GWR service between Portsmouth Harbor and Bristol Temple Meads and the 1720 SWR services from London Waterloo to Honiton,  a joint statement from the Network Rail, South Western Railway (SWR), and Great Western Railway (GWR) said.

“The line is closed as they carry out their work,” the statement further said.

Network Rail said that the rear carriage of 1708 GWR service “derailed after striking an object on its approach to Salisbury station.”

British Transport Police (BTP) said they received reports that a train derailed at 6:46 p.m. and have deployed officers to respond to the incident.

BTP added that a number of people have been injured, but no one has died.

All those on board have been evacuated, however, one of the drivers is believed to be trapped in their cab, according to reports.

Paramedics, fire rescue services, and other police departments also responded to the incident.

The Dorshet and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Fire and Rescue deployed about 50 firefighters to the scene, calling it a “major incident.”

Transport Salaried Staff’s Association General Secretary Manuel Cortes said that the crash was “a sobering reminder about why safety on our railways is always paramount.”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said that it was deploying inspectors to the site of the collision to open a preliminary examination of the scene.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the Office of Rail and Road will also investigate the incident.

“We need to understand how this happened to prevent in the future,” Shapps added.


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