I have been keeping an eye out for more railway news from the area but sadly would rather not get news stories like this one:
AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a Train crash at Plymouth station left 18 people injured. As a train from Penzance to Exeter pulled into platform six on Sunday afternoon, it went into the back of another stationary train at "low speed". A spokesman said: "We can confirm we are investigating a low-speed collision between two trains at Plymouth Station at around 3.30pm this afternoon.
"Nine passengers who suffered cuts and bruises are being looked after by GWR staff and local ambulance crews. "Train services were suspended into and out of the station, however, they resumed just before 5pm."
South Western Ambulance Service has said eight people were taken to Derriford Hospital following the train crash. None of them were reported to be seriously injured and all are said to be in a stable condition.
Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-train-crash-Investigation-launched-18/story-29043817-detail/story.html#ixzz44nvY3nv9
BOSSES at train operator Great Western Railway say Sunday's crash at Plymouth train station was 'extremely unusual'. A total of 18 people were injured when a local service between Penzance and Exeter collided with a stationary train at platform six at about 3.35pm. And David Crome, general manager in the West for GWR, said this particular crash was unlike any other he had dealt with.
Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-train-crash-extremely-unusual-says-Great/story-29043920-detail/story.html#ixzz44nwpOvbU
A spokesman for British Transport Police, whose officers joined fire and ambulance crews on the scene, said: "A number of people, including the driver of one of the trains, have sustained injuries as a result of the collision and are being treated by paramedics at the scene.
"At this stage we believe that a moving train collided into the back of a stationary train on platform six at the station and we are currently looking into the circumstances to determine how this happened."
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard
Typical over dramatic and unhelpful headline from The Mirror:
For even more rubbish reporting with a really poor choice of photo try this from the Focus International Agency:
Words fail me!
43160 is the HST involved
© Joshua Brown (cc) May 2013
Clearly this accident should not have been able to happen so something has gone badly wrong. It could have been a lot worse so lets be greatful that its a fairly minor accicent with few injuries. There will be an investigation which hopefully will get published so until then I for one wont speculate as to what went wrong. Lets hope all involved make a speedy recovery, from what would have been a frightening experience.