Salisbury train crash disruption to continue for several days

The disruption after a train wreck in Salisbury, in which several people were injured, will continue for several days.

National Rail Inquiries said most lines serving the city of Wiltshire are blocked and “will remain closed until at least the end of the day on Thursday”.

This affects the services of the Great Western Railway (GWR) on the route connecting Cardiff and Bristol to Portsmouth and Brighton.

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

Passengers are urgently requested not to use the affected parts of the route network.

The collision between two trains occurred at around 7 p.m. on Sunday in the Fisherton Tunnel near London Road in Salisbury.

UK traffic police said no one was killed but a “small number” of people, including the driver of one of the trains, had been rushed to hospital.

Network Rail said in a statement that the rear car of the GWR service derailed from Portsmouth Harbor to Bristol Temple Meads at 5:08 pm after it “hit an object” on its approach to Salisbury Station.

It went on: “The derailment switched off all signaling in the area [5.20pm] The South Western Railway from London Waterloo to Honiton then collided with the Bristol train.

After the incident, it was assumed that the derailed train was lying on its side, but the SWR train was standing upright.

Network Rail’s director of security and technology, Martin Frobisher, said he had no idea what caused the crash.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We are very relieved that no one has been seriously injured, but the passengers must have had a really scary experience and we are very sorry.

“We are now obviously starting a very detailed and forensic investigation of the incidents.

“The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is on site and is working incredibly thoroughly.

“And that’s going to help us learn from it, and that’s why these events are very rare, because we are following them very, very carefully and doing everything we can to prevent them from happening in the future.”

Mr Frobisher said it was “far too early to speculate”, adding that there was “a lot of conflicting information” in the early stages of an investigation.

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

The driver was trapped after the impact but was released from his cab after not sustaining serious injuries, PA news agency sources confirmed.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “My thoughts are with those who suffered the serious rail accident near Salisbury.”

He said the RAIB and the Office of Rail and Road would be investigating, adding, “We need to understand how this happened to prevent this from happening in the future.”

A mother who was trick or treating with her family nearby compared the sound of the crash to “a bomb” and “thunder”.

Tamar Vellacott said she went outside with her young children, mother and partner in Jewell Close, Bishopdown, about a mile from the crime scene.

“It was a sound we’ve never heard … my boys panicked thinking it was a bomb and we said maybe a truck crashed on London Road and didn’t panic,” said the 25 year old PA.

“There was no screeching like braking, just a long rumble, as if thunder was hitting the railway line.”

You can find more stories from where you live at Near you.


Leave a Comment