Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Landslide derails Swiss train

A train has derailed after a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, in what police describe as a “serious” accident. Swiss national radio reported that one carriage had plunged into a ravine and another was hanging from the rails. The extent of casualties is unclear but officials say the injured have been taken to hospital by helicopter and ambulance.

he landslide happened after heavy rain in eastern Switzerland overnight. Police spokesman Peter Faerber said some people had been slightly wounded, but could not immediately confirm the exact number of injured. A passenger who was on the train told the German-language Swiss newspaper 20Minuten of his experience when the train made an emergency stop.

 “We all rushed to the back of the carriage to put all of our weight there so that it wouldn’t tip into the abyss,” he said. The accident occurred on a mountainous train line near Tiefencastel, between Chur and St Moritz in the region of Graubuenden. The Swiss rail system is widely seen as among the safest in the world. But Wednesday’s accident comes two days after three people died when their minibus was hit by a train in central Switzerland.

1 comment:

  1. And how will this put butter and bread on my table ?



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