Thursday 7 May 2015

Terrifying crash leaves Swiss train hanging over ravine

Emile Laurac

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

A passenger train traveling from St Moritz to Chur in eastern Switzerland has been derailed by a landslide, injuring nearly one dozen passengers, several of them seriously
A passenger train traveling from St Moritz to Chur in eastern Switzerland has been derailed by a landslide, injuring nearly one dozen passengers, several of them seriously
Police and rescue workers help after a passenger train derailed into a ravine near Tiefencastel in a mountainous region of southeastern Switzerland after encountering a mudslide on the tracks
A passenger train traveling from St Moritz to Chur in eastern Switzerland has been derailed by a landslide, injuring nearly one dozen passengers, several of them seriously
A rescue helicopter flies over a derailed passenger train near Tiefencastel, Switzerland

The body of a train driver has been found in the wreckage following a head-on train crash in Switzerland that left at least 35 passengers injured.

The driver was pulled from the debris after two trains collided on the same track having travelled towards each other near Granges-Marnand station in the west of the country.

Dozens of passengers were hurt, four of them seriously, in the crash.

Desperate passengers aboard the carriage swaying in the sky were forced to crawl up the carriageway in a bid to shift the weight in the wagon and prevent it from plunging over the edge.

Steven Bueller, one passenger aboard, told Swiss radio: "We all went to the back to shift the weight, to try to stop it from pitching into the ravine. It was a nightmare scene with many terrified people aboard."

The derailment occurred near the Swiss resort of St Moritz, with carriages veering off into a ravine. The ravine is in a mountainous region of south-eastern Switzerland.

Swiss police said yesterday the accident happened after the train encountered a mudslide on the tracks. At least three train carriages came off the tracks near Tiefencastel.

Up to 200 people were on board the trains at the time of the accident, which followed heavy rain in the region. The train is operated by Rhaetische Bahn, which runs a network of narrow-gauge routes in Switzerland's mountainous south-eastern corner. The line where the crash occurred is not near to a road - helicopters with an air rescue service helped with the recovery efforts.

By mid-afternoon, everyone had been evacuated from the train cars, with uninjured passengers taken to Tiefencastel and put on buses. One of the trains had set off from St Moritz on a line that leads north to Chur, the Graubuenden region's administrative capital.

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