Two trains met a crash on Sunday in the late afternoon in the area of Salisbury, England.
The Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Department tweeted that this is a “major incident.” The department also said that almost 50 firefighters are at the moment at the incident scene and responding to the rescue operation.
Several injuries have been reported but no fatalities so far.
The British Transport Police tweeted “officers are continuing to respond to the incident at Fisherton tunnel. Several people have been injured, but thankfully no one has died, updates will continue to be shared here.”
According to the reports, one of the trains was hit by an object which caused it to derail and that is when it struck the second train because the derailment has caused the signaling to be affected.
The Wiltshire Police shared on Twitter that “We are currently at the scene of a train crash involving two trains between Andover and Salisbury. We are responding with the fire and ambulance service at the site close to London Road, Salisbury. Will update as soon as we have more information.”
The lines are said to remain closed for days because of the disruption.
The passengers of the train described the incident to be unreal. They stated that they were thrown out of the carriages when the southwestern railway crashed into great western railway services.
According to the reports, the fire department evacuated almost 100 people out of the passenger carriages after the crash. The driver was also evacuated from the driving cab in injured condition though his injuries are believed to be non-critical.
One of the passengers who was released from the train said “the rescue team smashed the windows and we got out of the window. It was really scary.”
Tamar Vellacott who was walking nearby with young children stated “It was a noise we’ve never heard before… my young ones started panicking thinking it was a bomb and we said maybe a lorry had crashed on the London Road and not to panic.
“There was no screeching like brakes, just a long rumbling sound like thunder hitting the railway line.”