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November 01 , 2021

Salisbury train crash: Major incident as two trains collide

01 November 2021 (UK)

A major incident has been declared after two trains collided in Salisbury, leaving several people injured.

The collision happened near London Road and involved a South Western Railway and a Great Western service.

A train driver, who was trapped, was treated by paramedics. In total, 17 people were taken to hospital.

The crash happened at 18:46 GMT when one train hit an object in a tunnel, and the second train then collided with it due to signalling problems.

Angela Mattingly, who was on the train, said: "Everything went black and there were red flashes and everything.

"There was suddenly a lot of jostling, possessions being thrown around and I think a few people went forward and hit their heads. You just don't know for a couple of seconds what's happening.

"People started to panic but nobody was seriously injured."

Lucy Gregory added: "We were just pulling into Salisbury station and the train felt a bit juddery.

"I'd just stood up and put my coat on and my phone in my pocket when there was this massive impact and I fell across the table.

"The table came off the wall and I ended up underneath another table. They smashed the windows and we got out of the window. It was really scary."

Corinna Anderson, 51, from Derby, was on the train from London Waterloo to Salisbury, where she was due to visit a friend.

She said: "I was thrown against the wall and there was a massive rumbling.

"The first thing I was worried about was is anybody hurt. I'm a trained first aider, so I wanted to help.

"There was a lady in the carriage I was in and she was thrown off her seat and into the wall by the door.

"I did hear and see that on the Temple Meads train there was a three-week-old baby that was rescued off the train by the fire service and thankfully she is doing ok.

"As I climbed off my train I saw the fireman cradling the baby in his arms and then I saw the mother get given the baby and they were escorted away for medical attention."


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