Two trains collide in tunnel near Andover leaving ‘walking wounded’ passengers


TWELVE people have reportedly been injured tonight after two trains collided inside the tunnel when one derailed with the driver rescued from the wreckage.

Authorities have declared a major incident and set up a casualty centre with 50 firefighters rushing to Fisherton Tunnel, near Salisbury, as one of the trains is on its side.

Network Rail tonight confirmed the crash unfolded when one of the trains derailed after hitting an object, and a second train then collided with it when signalling was affected.

About a dozen passengers are believed to have been hurt with reports they are “walking wounded”.

Read our Salisbury Train Crash live blog below for the latest updates…

  • “Full to the brim” with emergency service vehicles

    A resident living near Fisherton Tunnel where the trains crashed said that London Road was “full to the brim” with emergency service vehicles while crews from them were busy evacuating and treating people who were passengers on the crashed trains.

    “Those who are able to walk have been sent in groups towards the St Marks Church in the town and taken care of there.

    “There seem to be a lot of people who are able to walk, many of them were teenagers.”

  • “It sounded like something big collapsing”

    Peter Golden, 52, from Laverstock, Wiltshire, said: “It sounded like something big collapsing – the sound of things falling into each other.

    “With the windy day we’ve had I first thought it was a big gust of wind that has knocked something heavy over.

    “It wasn’t till the helicopter arrived on station over the tunnel that I realised what I had heard.”

  • Massive ‘Bang’ heard

    Locals who live around a mile away described hearing a massive “bang” and said the collision appeared to be on the approach to Salisbury Station from the east.

    Videos from near the scene show a road packed with dozens of emergency vehicles and flashing lights.

  • Where did the trains crash?

  • Probe will be launched

    The Rail Accident Investigation Branch confirmed that they will be launching a probe into the incident.

    SouthWestern Railway confirmed that they were investigating a problem between Salisbury and Grateley.

  • 50 Firefighters on scene

    There are currently 50 firefighters from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue on the scene.

  • Casualty Centre has been set up

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

  • One train is on it’s side

    The derailed train is understood to be on its side but the SouthWestern train remains upright.

    All passengers have been evacuated from the carriages and the injuries are understood to be “minor”.

  • Transport Minister sends thoughts to those affected

    Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris tweeted about the collision. He said: “I am aware of a rail incident that took place near Salisbury.

    “Emergency Services are on the scene and I am in close communication with Network Rail & operators.

    “Our thoughts are with those affected by this serious incident.”

  • Network Rail statement

    A Network Rail spokesperson said: “At around 7pm this evening, the rear carriage of the 1708 Great Western Railway service from Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads derailed after striking an object on its approach to Salisbury station.

    “The derailment knocked out all of the signalling in the area. Subsequently, the 1720 South Western Railway service from London Waterloo to Honiton then collided with the Bristol train.

    “There are reports of injuries and the emergency services are on site along with railway first responders.”

  • Driver was trapped

    The driver of the second train was trapped in the cab following the horror crash.

    He has now been released from his cab and has been taken to hospital – but is not seriously injured, according to sources.

  • ‘Walking wounded’

    About a dozen passengers are believed to have been hurt with reports they are “walking wounded”.

  • Network Rail confirm reports

    Network Rail tonight confirmed the crash unfolded when one of the trains derailed after hitting an object, and a second train then collided with it when signalling was affected.

  • Two trains collide near Salisbury

    TWELVE people have reportedly been injured tonight after two trains collided inside the tunnel when one derailed with the driver rescued from the wreckage.

    Authorities have declared a major incident and set up a casualty centre with 50 firefighters rushing to Fisherton Tunnel, near Salisbury, as one of the trains is on its side.





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