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What caused the Salisbury train crash?

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AN investigation has been launched after two trains collided near Salisbury on Sunday evening.

The latest indications are that 17 people were injured in the incident while the driver of one of the trains had been trapped in the cab.

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It’s thought a total of 17 people were injured in the incident on Sunday evening[/caption]

What caused the Salisbury train crash?

Early reports have indicated the Great Western Rail service from Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads struck a mystery object – causing the rear carriage to derail and cause signalling damage.

Seven minutes later the 17:20 South West Rail train from London Waterloo to Honiton in Devon sped through the Fisherton Tunnel near Salisbury, Wiltshire, and crashed into the other train leaving dozens of passengers injured.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s safety and engineering director, said it was too early to say what had caused the collision although early reports say a train hit an object on the line.

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.”


Speaking about the possibility that there was an object on the line, he said: “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.”

What are the casualties at Fisherton Tunnel?

A total of 17 people are said to have been injured in the incident and one of the drivers was left trapped in their cab.

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.

The fire service said they evacuated about 100 people.

A casualty centre was set up at St Marks Church after the major incident unfolded just before 7pm on Sunday.

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Train services on the Salisbury line have been cancelled on Monday due to the collision[/caption]

What train lines have been affected?

All Great Western Railway services between Cardiff Central, Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, and Portsmouth Harbour and Brighton, are cancelled.

South Western Railway services between London Waterloo and Yeovil Junction, Exeter St Davids, between Bristol Temple Meads, Yeovil Pen Mill, Castle Cary and Salisbury, and between Salisbury and Southampton Central, have also been hit.

The company has cancelled 110 services today alone, beginning with the 5.10am Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo service, and ending with the 11.40pm Waterloo to Salisbury service.

Services through the major station will be affected until at least the end of the day on Thursday, according to Network Rail.

Customers are urged not to travel on that part of the network.

Network Rail said the line through Salisbury remains closed on November 1 due to the collision.

A joint statement from Great Western Railway and Network rail said: “At 6.45 a GWR and an SWR train collided just outside Fisherton Tunnel near Sailsbury.

“All customers and colleagues are accounted for and a number of people have been taken to hospital.

“Our thoughts are with them and we thank them for their patience and understanding this evening.

“The railway will be closed in the area on Monday, affecting SWR trains between Exeter and Basingstoke, and GWR trains between Westbury and Portsmouth, while specialist teams continue their investigations.”

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