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At least 35 people have been injured after two trains collided head-on in western Switzerland.

Five people are said to be in a serious condition, following the smash close to Lausanne, in the western French-speaking region of the country.

 

One person has yet to be recovered from the wreckage, police said tonight.

 

It's understood the collision happened around 100 metres from a railway station.

 

Rescue operations are still under way at the site on a regional line about 31 miles south-west of the capital, Bern, Vaud state police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said.

 

The collision comes just days after 79 people were killed in a high-speed train derailment in Spain.

 

Police said several ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter were involved in the rescue operation. Rescuers had not yet been able to reach the driver's cabin of one of the trains, said the police in the canton (state) of Vaud.

 

According to police, the five people who were seriously injured were taken to the hospital in the nearby city of Lausanne.

 

Earlier, Swiss media had cited police as saying 44 were injured, four of them seriously. It wasn't immediately clear why the injury figure had been lowered.

 

Switzerland's rail system is considered among the best and safest in the world.

 

Accidents are rare, though three years ago the country's popular Glacier Express tourist train derailed in the Alps, killing one person and injuring 42.

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