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Train derails in eastern Switzerland, 11 injured

English.news.cn   2014-08-13 22:19:38

GENEVA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 11 people were injured in a Swiss passenger train derailment on Wednesday in the canton of Graubuenden in eastern Switzerland, police said.

The accident happened around 1:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) on Wednesday afternoon near Tiefencastel on the line between Chur and the ski resort St. Moritz.

Graubuenden police told Xinhua that no fatality was reported and five people got seriously injured and six others slightly wounded, all of whom were transported to nearby hospitals.

Among the injured, there were two Japanese and one Australian, the rest were Swiss, said the police.

Police said that around 200 passengers were on the train, and three train wagons were derailed by the landslide.

Simon Rageth, spokesman with the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), told Xinhua that the derailed train was a regional one, not the renowned glacier express, and of the three derailed carriages, one fell down the ravine.

The police later confirmed that the fallen carriage was fortunately stopped by trees after it slid 10 meters along the slope and did not fall into the bottom of the ravine where was located an artificial lake.

Rageth told Xinhua that the the railway company was responsible to clear the train wreckage, adding that the railway between Thusis and St. Moritz, the site of accident was located on the line, would continue to be closed on Thursday, and he was not sure whether the railway will be reopened on Friday.

He said that for tourists to go to St. Moritz, there was another railway line to be chosen which would take the similar travel time.

Heavy rain poured in the region on Wednesday. The local police warned that with the rainfall of 40 to 60 mm in the past 24 hours, the hazard of landslides and mudflows has increased.

The incident came two days after three Israelis died and five others got injured in a collision of a passenger train and a minibus in the canton of Nidwalden in central Switzerland. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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