Salisbury train crash may have been caused by signalling problem –

British Transport Police ‘haven’t ruled out foul play’ 

Investigators are also examining whether the crash was caused by human error and weather conditions at the time.

British Transport Police said there was no evidence the driver of the train that had been hit had activated his GPRS button, which warns signallers and other drivers of an emergency.

Asked whether “anything criminal” had been ruled out, Supt Lisa Garrett said: “We haven’t ruled out foul play at the moment. Until the investigation has actually concluded we cannot confirm why this happened.”

Thirteen passengers were taken to Salisbury District Hospital from the accident site via ambulance. A further 30 people walked to get themselves assessed at a casualty centre which was set up at a nearby church.

Of the 13, four were admitted as inpatients, but three have since been discharged with minor injuries. The other nine casualties were treated for their injuries at accident and emergency and sent home overnight.

‘Detailed and forensic’ investigation underway 

Salisbury MP John Glen said he was thankful there were no fatalities but added there were “many questions to be answered” over what happened.

Martin Frobisher, group safety and engineering director, technical authority, at Network Rail, said investigators had not yet established exactly how the crash occurred.

He told the BBC: “We’re hugely relieved that nobody was seriously injured, but the passengers must have had a really scary experience, and we’re very sorry for that.

“We’re obviously starting now a very detailed and forensic investigation into what happened.”

Downing Street said the Prime Minister’s thoughts were with those injured in the Salisbury train crash but the Government was investing to ensure the railway network remained “one of the safest in the world”.

A No 10 spokesman said: “The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) have been deployed to the site and are conducting forensic investigations. Obviously the Prime Minister’s thoughts remain with those who were affected by the incident.”