18 Injured After Two Trains Collide At Station

A low speed collision between two trains has seen eighteen people injured at Plymouth railway station in England.

Emergency crew were called to the scene after crash, which Railway officials have described as a “sober reminder” of the importance of rail safety.

Manuel Cortes, of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said that:”It is far too early to speculate why today’s crash happened and an investigation into its causes will now take place.

“However, it is a sober reminder of how critical safety is for our industry and thanks to the efforts of our hardworking and dedicated staff unfortunate incidents like this sad one are actually so rare”.

A spokesperson for the South West Ambulance Service described the majority of injured as “walking wounded” and said that at least eight people were taken to a
local Plymouth hospital.

Devon and Somerset fire service said they had helped ambulance crews and the British
Transport Police in treating people with “various injuries”, but no one had been trapped.

No-one is believed to be trapped following the incident, which happened on platform six at Plymouth railway station.

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British Transport authorities are investigating how two trains collided.

Dominic Parnell, who was on the moving train when it collided with the stationary train in front, said: “We were travelling fairly slowly as we were arriving at the platform when we came to a sudden stop with a huge bang.

“Of course, most people were stood up waiting to alight and were thrown forward. No one appeared to be injured in my immediate area.”

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: “A number of people, including the driver of one of the trains, have sustained injuries as a result of the collision and are being treated by paramedics at the scene.

“At this stage we believe that a moving train collided into the back of a stationary train on platform six at the station and we are currently looking into the circumstances to determine how this happened.”

Great Western Railway said it is investigating the cause of the incident.

By: Lincoln Kyle September (lincolnseptember@gmail.com)

Source: [BBC News]

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