Train collision in southwest Britain injures several people

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Train collision in southwest Britain injures several people

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> -Two trains collided at Fisherton Tunnel in the southwestern English city of Salisbury on Sunday, injuring a number of people, police said, declaring the crash a major incident. </p> <p>“A number of people have been injured, but thankfully no one has died,” British transport police said. </p> <p>While most of the people are “walking wounded”, a small number of injured people, including the driver, have been taken to the hospital, the police said in a statement.</p> <p>Fire trucks and ambulances were at the scene near Salisbury station, police said. The Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said it has helped evacuate approximately 100 people.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">BBC</span> quoted a spokesman for Network Rail, a track operator, as saying the rear carriage of one train derailed after striking an object on its approach to Salisbury station and the incident disabled all signalling in the area.</p> <p>The second train then collided with the first one.</p> <p>The collision involved a South Western Railway and a Great Western service, according to the <span class="caps">BBC</span> report.</p> <p>Great Western Railway said the crash involved a train travelling between Portsmouth and Bristol and another travelling from London’s Waterloo Station to Honiton.</p> <p>The operator added that it would cooperate with the police in their investigation. </p> <p>South Western Railway said in a post on Twitter that train service disruptions were expected to last until Nov. 2.</p> <p>“Officers are continuing to respond to the incident alongside our emergency service colleagues and the line is expected to be shut for some time,” police said. </p> </div>