Dozen people injured after two trains crash ‘with one left on its side’ in accident near Salisbury with 50 firefighters racing to the scene
- Emergency services at scene of crash on railway line near Salisbury, Wiltshire
- A GWR service from Portsmouth to Bristol believed to have been partly derailed
- South Western Railway train from London to Honiton then reported to have collided with derailed section
- Around 50 firefighters as well as Wiltshire Police and ambulance are at the scene
- Network Rail confirmed derailment wiped out signalling for surrounding area
Two passenger trains have crashed and at least one has derailed following an incident near a rail junction in Wiltshire.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene at Fisherton Tunnel between Andover and Salisbury following the collision at around 7.20pm this evening.
Up to a dozen passengers are believed to have been injured in the incident, describing them as ‘walking wounded’.
There are also reports that one of the trains’ drivers is trapped inside the cabin.
It is understood that a Portsmouth Harbour service to Bristol Temple Meads hit an object as it came out of the tunnel and caused the rear carriage to derail and smash into signalling.
Two passenger trains have crashed on tracks near Salisbury, Wiltshire. It is believed a GWR service hit an object on the line and derailed, before a South Western train collided with the derailed carriage. There are reports of a dozen people being injured
Around 50 firefighters as well as Wiltshire Police and ambulance are at the scene
A South Western Railway service from London Waterloo to Honiton is then reported to have collided with the rear of the derailed train.
Signalling for the area has been wiped out, with South Western Railway warning that all lines running through Salisbury and Andover are currently blocked while an investigation takes place.
At least two helicopters have landed at the scene, according to reports.
‘We’ve received reports of a problem currently under investigation between Salisbury and Grateley,’ a spokesperson said.
Disruption to services in the area is expected to last through to the end of the day.
British Transport Police said: ‘We are currently responding to an incident at Fisherton Tunnel, Salisbury. Officers were called at 6.46pm this evening following reports a train derailed.
‘We are on scene alongside paramedics and the fire brigade.’