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A collision between two trains at Plymouth station today was a "sober reminder" of the importance of rail safety.
Manuel Cortes, leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, made the comments after 18 people were injured in the crash at platform six this afternoon.
"Our first thoughts are of course with those hurt in this accident", he said.
"It is far too early to speculate why today's crash happened and an investigation into its causes will now take place.
"However, it is a sober reminder of how critical safety is for our industry and thanks to the efforts of our hardworking and dedicated staff unfortunate incidents like this sad one are actually so rare".
The number of injured in a "low-speed" collision between two trains at Plymouth Station has risen to 18.
Ambulance services described some of the casualties - which include the driver of one train - as "walking wounded".
A spokeswoman for South West Ambulance Service said: "The majority of those are walking wounded and eight of those are going to Derriford hospital in Plymouth."
Devon and Somerset fire service said they had assisted ambulance crews and the British Transport Police in treating casualties with "various injuries", but no one had been trapped
Nine people were injured after two trains collided at a railway platform in Plymouth.
No-one is believed to be trapped following the incident, which happened on platform six at Plymouth railway station.
Four fire engines attended the incident which is described as "on-going", according to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
Dominic Parnell, 33, said the train he was travelling on collided with one in front.
"We were travelling fairly slowly as we were arriving at the platform when we came to a sudden stop with a huge bang," he said.
"Of course, most people were stood up waiting to alight and were thrown forward.
"No one appeared to be injured in my immediate area".
South West Ambulance Service said they were treating a "number of walking wounded".