Travel disruption is likely for passengers from Gillingham and other local railway stations this Monday after a collision involving two trains near Salisbury.
The incident took place at the Fisherton Tunnel near the city just before 7pm on Sunday when a Great Western train travelling from Portsmouth to Bristol reportedly hit an obstacle in the tunnel.
The second train, a South Western railway service from London Waterloo to Honiton, then collided with the first train.
At least a dozen people were said to be hurt in the incident – in which at least one of the trains was derailed – but none of the injuries was said to be life threatening. The BBC reported that 17 people were taken to hospital in all.
A spokesperson for South Western Railway said: ‘Due to a problem currently under investigation between Salisbury and Andover all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.’
The rail network was already under strain in the area because of heavy rain and strong winds, with South Western Railway citing ‘flooding at Gillingham’ as one of the ‘multiple incidents’ affecting its services on Sunday.
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