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Trains crash after derailment in England;  reported injuries


LONDON – Two passenger trains crashed after one derailed in Salisbury in southern England and several people were injured, authorities said on Sunday.

Network Rail said the rear car of a passenger train derailed after it “struck an object” as it approached Salisbury station, about 113 kilometers southwest of London. The derailment “destroyed all signage in the area”, and a second train then collided with the derailed one.

“There are reports of injuries and emergency services are on site with rail first responders,” Network Rail said.

British Transport Police said there were no fatalities. Police said “a number of people” were injured in the crash, but did not give details.

About 50 firefighters rushed to the scene, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services said.

British media reported that all passengers and a driver trapped in his taxi were evacuated and the injuries were reportedly minor.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted that the derailment and crash would be investigated.

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