Passengers injured and driver temporarily trapped after train collision

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number of people were injured and a driver was trapped in his cab when two trains collided in Salisbury

The incident happened when a wagon was derailed after hitting an object and another train crashed into it when signaling was damaged.

The British Transport Police (BTP) said “a number of people” were injured in the incident at the Fisherton Tunnel near London Road in the city.

The fire department, which sent about 50 firefighters to the scene Sunday night, where a critical incident was declared, said it had helped evacuate about 100 people.

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In a statement late Sunday night, British Transport Police said: “Most of these people are injured but a small number, including the driver, have been taken to hospital where their injuries are being assessed.”

The driver had been trapped after the accident but was released from his cab after sustaining injuries not believed to be serious, confirmed sources to the PA news agency.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Around 7pm tonight, the rear carriage of the 1708 Great Western Railway service derailed from Portsmouth Harbor to Bristol Temple Meads after hitting an object as it approached Salisbury station.

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

After the incident unfolded, the derailed train was thought to be on the side, but the South Western Railway train stood upright.

The BTP said a casualty center had been set up at St Mark’s Church, on St Mark’s Avenue in the city, and said officers would remain on the scene all night while working to “establish the full circumstances of how this incident happened” .

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