Eighteen Injured As Two Trains Collide At Railway Station

Experts Call For Investigation Into Crash


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Expert lawyers from law firm Irwin Mitchell have called for a thorough investigation after eighteen people were been injured when two trains collided at a railway station in Plymouth.

The crash, which happened at Plymouth Railway Station, has been described by Devon and Cornwall Police as a "low impact collision."

Although a total of eighteen people were injured in the collision, the police said they were not aware of any serious injuries.

Emergency services were called to the scene, following the crash at about 15:35 BST on Sunday.

South Western Ambulance said eight casualties were going to Derriford Hospital but all were stable.

A spokesperson from British Transport Police said: "At this stage we believe that a moving train drove into the back of a stationary train on platform 6 at the station, and we are currently looking into the circumstances to determine how this happened.”

The trains involved were the 15:42 Plymouth to Paddington high speed train and the 13:39 Penzance to Exeter train, a spokesperson for Great Western Railway said.

"Investigations are still ongoing, but eyewitnesses have suggested the speed of the collision was less than 10mph."

Police have advised people to avoid the station if possible, and said delays were likely for passengers travelling through the Plymouth area.

Personal injury experts at the law firm have previously taken part in investigations into the Hatfield, Paddington and Cumbrian rail crashes and have campaigned for improvements in health and safety to prevent train accidents and injury where possible.

Expert Opinion
Whether it is a low impact or high impact collision, it is vital that circumstances of any train crash are investigated fully and thoroughly, to make sure that where possible, accidents like this are avoided in the future.

While it is a relief that, at this point, there have been no reported serious injuries, even minor injuries can have a long term physical and psychological impact.

We hope that the investigation into the crash will provide vital answers about what caused it, so any lessons necessary can be learned from the incident to improve rail safety in the future.
Glen Edney, Partner