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November 08 , 2021

Salisbury train crash: Driver suffers 'life-changing injuries'

02 November, 2021 (UK)

The driver of one of two trains involved in a crash has suffered injuries believed to be "life-changing", police have said.

Passengers described being thrown from their seats when the Great Western and South Western Railway services crashed in Salisbury on Sunday evening.

Thirteen people were taken to hospital with minor injures, while a passenger said a three-week-old baby was rescued.

The injured driver remains in hospital, along with one other person.

Rail services continue to be disrupted, with more cancellations going ahead in the next few days.

The crash involved the Great Western Railway (GWR) service from Southampton to Cardiff and the South Western Railway (SWR) train running from London to Honiton, Devon, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

It happened as the trains entered the Fisherton Tunnel, close to London Road, at 18:46 GMT as many families were out trick or treating nearby.

The trains were travelling in the same direction on different tracks but collided at a Y-shaped junction approaching the tunnel, with one hitting the side of the other causing it to derail, BTP said.

A carriage was initially thought to have derailed after hitting something, and the second train then crashed into it, but Supt Lisa Garrett, of BTP, told a press conference "there was nothing to suggest" the train had struck an object.

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She said of the 92 passengers on board the two trains, 30 people attended a casualty centre set up in a nearby church, with the majority "walking wounded".


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