Tuesday 12 December 2017

Swiss train plunges into ravine after landslide

A picture of the scene
A picture of the scene

A passenger train derailed into a ravine in a mountainous region of southeastern Switzerland after encountering a mudslide on the tracks, Swiss police said today.

Several passengers were injured after at least three train carriages came off the tracks near Tiefencastel, a village less than 50 km (31 miles) northwest of the ski resort St. Moritz.

Pictures sent by passengers to Swiss media showed one train carriage had fallen into a ravine next to the tracks.

Swiss air rescue service Rega said it had two helicopters at the scene, where rescue efforts are complicated by mountainous terrain.

More to follow.

A victim of today's train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, is recovered by helicopter
A victim of today's train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, is recovered by helicopter

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