Passenger trains collide in south Britain; several people injured

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Oct. 31 (UPI) — British authorities said that several people were hurt on Sunday when two passenger trains collided near Salisbury.

Police described the crash as a “major incident” that occurred late Sunday afternoon near the Fisherton Tunnel close to the southern British city.

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“A number of people have been injured, but thankfully no one has died,” British Transport Police said in a statement.

A casualty center was established in a nearby church with most people injured considered “walking wounded,” the police department said.

A small number of people, including the driver of one of the trains, were hospitalized.

Train operator Great Western Railway said the crash involved one of its trains from Portsmouth Harbor to Bristol Temple Meads and a South Western Railway train from London Waterloo to Honiton.

More than 50 firefighters from various departments responded to the crash, authorities said.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said it was deploying inspectors to the site.

“My thoughts go out to those affected by the serious rail incident near Salisbury,” British Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps tweeted. “We need to understand how this happened to prevent in the future.”

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The Great Western Railway said rail transport in the area of the crash will be closed on Monday.

“We will be co-operating fully with the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch to understand how this incident happened,” it said.