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Swiss train derailment: Crash caused by landslide injures 11 people

By Adam Withnall

Published 13/08/2014

The scene where a train derailed in a mudslide in Switzerland
The scene where a train derailed in a mudslide in Switzerland

A train carrying 200 people has been hit by a landslide in Switzerland, derailing at least three carriages and sending one over the edge of a ravine.

Police said that the evacuation using mountain rescue helicopters was ongoing, and that multiple people had suffered injuries. They were unable to confirm the exact nature or number of casualties.

The train had been travelling between Tiefencastel and Solis, southeast of Zurich, before it suffered what police described as the "serious" accident.

The incident followed heavy rain in the region, but the tracks were not close to a road.

Rega, the Swiss air rescue service, said it had two helicopters at the scene, which was also attended by ambulances, firefighters, Alpine Rescue and police.

Train operator Rhaetische Bahn confirmed that the accident involved one of its trains. RhB runs a network of narrow-gauge rail routes across Switzerland's mountainous southeastern corner.

The accident comes just two days after a crash involving a train and a minibus killed three people in central Switzerland.

Source: Independent

Rescue forces recover a victim of today's train crash, right, near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014 (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
Rescue forces recover a victim of today's train crash, right, near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014 (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)

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