Several passengers were reportedly injured after two trains collided near Salisbury in southern England, and authorities declared the crash a “major incident”.
“We are currently at the scene of a train crash involving two trains between Andover and Salisbury. We are responding with the fire and rescue service at a location near London Road in Salisbury,” Wiltshire police said.
Trains were connecting the Great Western Railway (GWR) 17:08 between Portsmouth and Bristol Temple Meads and South Western Railway (SWR) 17:20 from London Waterloo to Honiton.
Network Rail, which manages most of the UK’s railway infrastructure, he said the last GWR service wagon at 5:08 p.m. was “derailed after hitting an object on approaching Salisbury station.”
“Derailment has destroyed all signaling in the area. Then, at 5.20 pm, the south-west railway line from London Waterloo to Honiton collided with the Bristol train, ”added Network Rail.
The British Traffic Police (BTP), an ambulance and the fire service are present. About a dozen people were reported injured.
All passengers were evacuated from the trains. BBC journalist claimed that none of the injured are in serious condition and that one of the trains is on its side.
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