Rescue operation underway as two trains crash near Salisbury

Rescue operation underway as two trains crash near Salisbury
Polisie, fire crews and paramedics are at the scene

Polisie, fire and ambulance crews are at the scene of a crash involving two trains at Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The collision took place in Fisherton Tunnel, on the northeast side of Salisbury near Laverstock Junction where the line from the south coast joins the line from London.

The 5.08pm GWR Portsmouth to Bristol service struck an object and derailed, knocking out signals, Network Rail said.

It was then hit by the 5.20pm Southwestern Railway London Waterloo to Honiton train.

“We are currently responding to an incident at Fisherton Tunnel, Salisbury,” said British Transport Police. “Officers were called at 6.46pm this evening following reports a train derailed. We are on scene alongside paramedics and the fire brigade.”

The area has been affected by huge amounts of surface water from torrential rain, although it is unclear if the weather was involved in the incident.

The line is closed as emergency services “carry out their work,” GWR said.

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