Commuters unhurt as trains collide

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Commuters escaped injury tonight when their train smashed into the back of an empty train, after possibly going through a red light, police said.

Commuters escaped injury tonight when their train smashed into the back of an empty train, after possibly going through a red light, police said.

The train hit the empty depot train at a junction just outside Lewes station in east Sussex at 7.24pm.

A British Transport Police spokesman said it was "too early" to confirm the cause of the crash but added: "It is possible that it went through a red signal."

The train was doing less then 15mph when the crash happened and no one was injured, he said.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: " What we' ve been told so far is that two trains have gone into each other at fairly low speeds. One or two carriages may have derailed, but we don' t believe any of them have turned over.

" We believe one of them was an empty carriage and the other was a 12-carriage train with some passengers on board. " I don' t yet have any reports of injuries."

The BTP spokesman said: " Obviously ambulances were called but there is no indication of any serious injuries. " There might be one or two minor injuries. People are suffering from shock."

The Connex Victoria to Hastings 17.53 collided with an empty Seaford to Brighton train. The impact caused one of the carriages of the occupied train to derail, said a Railtrack spokesman. But the carriage did not topple over.

BTP says it is already investigating whether the driver drove through a red signal.

But the signal involved was not one of the infamous 22 highlighted by the Paddington rail disaster, which happened two weeks ago tomorrow, and in which more than 30 people died.

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