Two trains collide after derailed carriage knocks off signaling in southwest Britain, several injured

Two trains collided in Salisbury, United Kingdom, leaving several people injured.

The collision happened near London Road and involved a South Western Railway and a Great Western service.

A train driver, who was trapped, was treated by paramedics. In total, 17 people were taken to hospital.

The crash happened when one train hit an object in a tunnel, and the second train then collided with it due to signalling problems.

Angela Mattingly, who was on the train, said: “Everything went black and there were red flashes and everything.

“There was suddenly a lot of jostling, possessions being thrown around and I think a few people went forward and hit their heads. You just don’t know for a couple of seconds what’s happening.

“People started to panic but nobody was seriously injured.”

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue declared the crash a “major incident”, with some 50 firefighters attending the scene.

Police, the ambulance service and coastguard helicopters were also sent to the scene.

Other train services in the area were halted.

British Transport Police confirmed nobody had died in the crash.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “At around 19:00 GMT this evening, the rear carriage of the 17:08 Great Western Railway service from Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads derailed after striking an object on its approach to Salisbury station.

“The derailment knocked out all of the signalling in the area.

“Subsequently, the 17:20 South Western Railway service from London Waterloo to Honiton then collided with the Bristol train.

“There are reports of injuries and the emergency services are on site along with railway first responders.”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has also been called to the scene.