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Saturday 23 August 2014

17 hurt as Swiss trains collide

Published 10/01/2013 | 09:45

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Rescuers and police stand next to two passenger trains that collided near the station of Neuhausen in northern Switzerland (AP/Keystone)
Two passenger trains collided near Neuhausen in northern Switzerland (AP/Keystone)

Two passenger trains have collided near a station in northern Switzerland injuring 17 people, police say.

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The accident near Neuhausen station happened shortly after 7.30 am.

Nine of the injured people were taken to nearby hospitals. Police did not have details on the injuries but said none of their lives were believed to be in danger.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collision.

A locomotive for one of the trains - a double-decker passenger train - derailed.

Rail traffic in two directions from Schaffhausen, a town on Switzerland's northern border with Germany, was interrupted and buses were being used instead.

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