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At least 17 people have been injured when two trains collided in southern Britain

At least 17 people have been injured when two trains collided in southern Britain

01. 11. 2021 08:37 | Salisbury / Tasr

Other trains were stopped on the collision track.

Rescue services at the scene of two train collisions near Salisbury.
Photo: TASR / AP

Two trains crashed near Salisbury in southwestern Britain on Sunday. Seventeen people were injured in the crash and one driver was trapped in the train. The BBC quoted local officials as saying.

The crash occurred at 18:46 local time, when one of the trains, after entering the tunnel, collided with an unknown object and derailed. The BBC reports that the train derailed, damaging the signal on the tracks, resulting in a second train colliding with the derailed train.

Local rescue services called the crash “serious” and about 50 firefighters were at the scene.

Rescue services at the scene of two train collisions near Salisbury.

Rescue services at the scene of two train collisions near Salisbury. Photo: TASR / AP

A BBC correspondent said none of the passengers were seriously injured. Seventeen people were taken to hospital, the trapped train driver was released and given medical treatment.

Other trains were stopped on the collision track. “Rescue services are intervening in an accident at the Fisherton subway near Salisbury station … (rescuers) The route is closed to work on it. We appreciate the patience of our customers and at the same time do everything we can to respond to the accident,” said Network Rail, a British line operator.

According to the BBC, an organization involved in the investigation into the train accidents has also been called to the scene.

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