Eighteen people were injured in a train crash in Plymouth yesterday afternoon, when an incoming service apparently collided with a stationary train at a station platform.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) will lead an investigation into the incident.
Reports said 18 people were injured, including the driver of one of the trains, in what was believed to have been in a low speed collision.
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: ‘At this stage we believe that a moving train collided 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 rail bridge over the Tamar near Plymouth
Rail operator GWR, whose trains were involved, said the majority of passengers taken to hospital yesterday were discharged on the day but understood that two people were kept in overnight.
It said it would continue to work with Network Rail to provide the investigation everything it needs to get as full a picture as possible of what happened.
A spokesperson for GWR said: ‘We would like to personally thank the emergency service crews who responded so quickly and professionally yesterday, as well as the GWR and Network Rail staff who helped at the scene.’
Train services in and out of the station were suspended for a time yesterday afternoon. The two trains involved were moved from the station in the early hours of Monday morning and will be examined as part of the investigation.