The condition of the driver of one of two trains involved in Sunday’s collision is more serious than originally reported, according to police.
In a press conference on Monday 1 November, Supt Lisa Garrett of the British Transport Police
(BTP) said: “Unfortunately the driver of the train was more seriously injured and his injuries are believed to be life-changing.
“We have now moved out of the rescue phase of the operation and into the investigation, which will involve the trains remaining in situ for some time.”
She also said that at this early stage, there is “nothing to suggest” that one train struck an object and there was no significant delay between the trains colliding and derailing, which had been reported in the media on Monday morning.
A joint Network Rail, Great Western Railway and South Western Railway statement following the BTP’s update said: “While we’re thankful the majority of customers and colleagues have now been able to go home safely, unfortunately it has become clear that a driver sustained a more serious injury and continues to be treated in hospital.
“We know everyone in the railway family is wishing him a full and swift recovery. Our thoughts remain with him, and with all those affected by the incident.
“The relevant authorities are in the very early stages of their investigations, and it is likely the trains will need to remain on site for some time and the line will stay closed for at least a few days.
“Currently, South Western Railway is unable to run any services into or out of Salisbury station. While there is a limited bus replacement service in operation, we advise customers to avoid all but essential travel in the area.
“Great Western Railway will be unable to call at stations between Salisbury and Romsey, where buses will replace trains. Journeys between Cardiff, Bristol, Bath Spa and Portsmouth and Southampton are likely to be quicker via Reading.
“Thank you so much to our colleagues and the emergency services for their support and dedication throughout this incident.
“Please regularly check the SWR and GWR websites for more information on alternative routes and ticket acceptances.”