PCC Philip Wilkinson visits Salisbury train crash site
Wiltshire’s PCC today (1 Nov) thanked emergency responders first on-the-scene of yesterday’s train crash in Salisbury and praised the city’s resilience and willingness to help in the aftermath.
Philip Wilkinson, alongside Salisbury Mayor Caroline Corbin, visited the scene of the train crash, close to London Road, this morning.
He said: “Last night’s crash will have been terrifying and extremely traumatic for all involved. It is extremely fortunate, and I am so relieved, that no fatalities occurred.
“My thoughts are very much with all those injured last night, and the train driver in particular who we now know has sadly suffered life-changing injuries.
“Last night, the images coming from the incident were horrifying but, in the cold light of day, you can see just how easily we could have a very different situation on our hands.
“As ever the actions of our emergency service workers have been exemplary and I would like to thank them all for their swiftness and the co-ordinated, joined-up, response which delivered all passengers to safety.
“I am proud to work alongside such professionalism in the face of such dark circumstances.
“Those injured are receiving excellent care in hospital and I hope others who have been part of such a terrifying and traumatic experience take up any offers of support or counselling they may need.
“Now attention will turn to the cause of the crash and we will all be paying close attention to any findings and monitoring the outcome.”
Salisbury’s residents were also praised for their selfless response to the incident with many offering their help to the passengers. The evacuation centre set up nearby and offered all affected the chance to pause and reflect.
“Salisbury’s resilience and ability to offer help in times of crisis is to be commended,” Mr Wilkinson added.
“I am hearing stories of residents helping passengers, staffing the evacuation centre and bringing all sorts of blankets and coats to keep people warm.
“We also had people on hand to offer a helping hand and a kind ear to listen to people’s experiences as they came to terms with what had just happened.
“This is Salisbury and its community spirit at its best.”
Mr Wilkinson also mentioned he appreciated Salisbury’s stoicism as residents faced a major road closure and police cordons while investigation and recovery work was ongoing.
“I really do appreciate the impact this must be having on the local community and I thank you all for your patience,” he added.
Salisbury Mayor Caroline Corbin, whose husband Tom is a train driver, said the incident has left her and the city shocked.
She said: “I am truly sorry to hear about the train crash which occurred in our city last night. I am hugely relieved that there were no fatalities and wish those who were injured in the collision a speedy recovery.
“I would like to thank our fantastic emergency services for their response to the incident and thank you also to all the members of our community who helped.
“It’s important that passengers involved last night are able to access the appropriate mental health support to help them process what must have been a terrifying experience.”