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Tourist train crash death

Switzerland's popular Glacier Express tourist train has derailed in the Alps, killing one person and injuring 42 others on its spectacular journey between Zermatt and St Moritz.

Police said 12 of the injured were in serious condition and most of the passengers were Japanese tourists. Rescue workers were seen loading a few injured passengers on to medical helicopters to be flown out for treatment. Police declined to identify the person who died.

Rail interruptions, let alone accidents, are rare in Switzerland. The Glacier Express -- dubbed the "slowest express train in the world" -- is known as much for its majestic mountain climbs as for its pedestrian 30kph average speed.

Valais authorities said two of the train cars drove off the tracks and a third tipped over, but the cause of the accident wasn't immediately known. The three cars were at the back of the train. The derailment took place near the town of Fiesch and the mouth of the Aletsch glacier, Europe's largest icemass.

Rail traffic remained closed near the accident site last night. Local police were still investigating the accident.

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