Salisbury crash train ran through red light as wheel slipped on rails

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A train involved in a crash in Salisbury went past a red signal as its wheels slipped on the rails, investigators believe.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the “initial evidence” indicates that the driver applied the brakes but could not prevent the collision.

It went on: “The most likely cause of this was wheelslide, almost certainly a result of low adhesion between the wheels and the track.”

Police and firefighters at the scene of the crash
The cause of the crash in being investigated (Steve Parsons/PA)

The driver had to be rescued from his cab, and suffered what police described as “life-changing injuries”.

He was driving a South Western Railway train which struck the side of a Great Western Railway service at a junction outside a tunnel in Salisbury at around 6.45pm on Sunday.

Thirteen other people were treated in hospital for minor injuries.

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