Disruption to Trains in Southern England Expected for Several Days After Crash

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Disruption pursuing a bid crash successful Salisbury successful Southern England which near respective radical injured volition proceed for respective days.

National Rail Enquiries said astir of the lines serving the Wiltshire metropolis are blocked and “will stay closed until astatine slightest the extremity of the time connected Thursday”.

This is affecting Great Western Railway (GWR) services connected the way linking Cardiff and Bristol with Portsmouth and Brighton.

Several South Western Railway (SWR) routes are besides affected, specified arsenic London Waterloo-Exeter, Bristol-Salisbury and Southampton-Salisbury.

Passengers are urged not to question connected the affected parts of the network.

The collision betwixt 2 trains happened astatine Fisherton Tunnel, adjacent to London Road successful Salisbury, astatine astir 7pm connected Sunday.

Thirteen casualties were treated astatine Salisbury District Hospital.

Three stay successful infirmary successful a unchangeable condition, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said.

British Transport Police said the operator of 1 of the trains was among those taken to hospital.

Network Rail issued a connection astir 3 hours aft the clang which said the rear carriage of the 5.08pm GWR work from Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads derailed aft “striking an object” connected its attack to Salisbury station.

It went on: “The derailment knocked retired each of the signalling successful the area. Subsequently, the 1720 South Western Railway work from London Waterloo to Honiton past collided with the Bristol train.”

The Government-owned institution sent retired a caller connection connected Monday greeting which read: “We’ve had tons of contradictory accusation astir what led to the collision past nighttime but each remains chaotic speculation until the multi-agency investigations found the facts.

“Experience has shown america from past incidents that accusation and speculation successful the contiguous aftermath of an mishap seldom proves to basal up to the rigour of the calm and nonrecreational probe that follows.”

After the incident, the derailed bid was believed to beryllium connected its side, but the SWR bid was upright.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s information and engineering director, said passengers “must person had a truly scary experience, and we’re precise atrocious for that”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re evidently starting present a precise elaborate and forensic probe into what happened.

“The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) are connected tract and they’re incredibly thorough successful the enactment that they do.

“And that’ll assistance america larn from this, and that’s wherefore these events are precise rare, due to the fact that we travel it up very, precise carefully, and marque definite that we bash everything imaginable to forestall it for the future.”

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews had helped evacuate “approximately 100 people” from the scene.

The operator was trapped aft the clang but was released from his cab having sustained injuries that were not believed to beryllium serious, sources confirmed to the PA quality agency.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “My thoughts spell retired to those affected by the superior obstruction incidental adjacent Salisbury.”

He said the RAIB and Office of Rail and Road volition investigate, adding: “We request to recognize however this happened to forestall successful the future.”

A parent who was retired instrumentality oregon treating with her household adjacent likened the sound of the clang to “a bomb” and “thunder”.

Tamar Vellacott said she was walking extracurricular with her young children, parent and spouse successful Jewell Close, Bishopdown, astir a kilometre from the scene.

“It was a sound we’ve ne'er heard before… my young ones started panicking reasoning it was a bomb, and we said possibly a lorry had crashed connected the London Road and not to panic,” the 25-year-old told PA.

“There was nary screeching similar brakes, conscionable a agelong rumbling dependable similar thunder hitting the railway line.”

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