11 Injured in Swiss Train Derailment

Three cars derail after landslide in Alpine valley

 

 
 
 

JOHN HEILPRIN and GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press | | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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GENEVA (AP) — Three train cars derailed and 11 people were injured Wednesday after a Swiss mountain train ran into a landslide in the Alps. One carriage slid off the tracks onto a steep slope and was halted by trees.

The accident happened in a deep wooded valley between Tiefencastel and Solis, southeast of Zurich in the canton (state) of Graubuenden. Some 200 people were on board at the time of the accident, which followed heavy rain in the region.

Five people were seriously injured and another six sustained slight injuries, Graubuenden police spokeswoman Anita Senti said. They were taken to nearby hospitals.

Helicopters with an air rescue service helped with the recovery efforts, since the crash site was not close to a road.

By mid-afternoon, everyone had been evacuated from the train cars, with uninjured passengers taken to Tiefencastel and put on buses.

The train had set off from the ski resort of St. Moritz on a line that leads north to Chur, Graubuenden's administrative capital. It is operated by Rhaetische Bahn, which runs narrow-gauge routes in Switzerland's mountainous southeastern corner that are popular with tourists.

Switzerland's rail system is considered among the safest and most efficient in the world, despite the country's challenging terrain.

Accidents are rare, although in 2010 the popular Glacier Express tourist train derailed in the Alps in southern Switzerland, killing one person and injuring 42 others.

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Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

A victim of today's train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, is recovered by helicopter Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. A passenger train traveling from St Moritz to Chur in eastern Switzerland has been derailed by a landslide, local police have announced. Several people were injured, police said in a statement, without giving a precise figure. An air rescue service was helping the recovery effort at the site, which wasnít close to a road. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)


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Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

A derailed passenger train is pictured near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)


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Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

A derailed passenger train is pictured near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)


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Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

A derailed passenger train is pictured near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)


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Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

Rescue forces recover a victim of today's train crash, right, near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014. A passenger train traveling from St Moritz to Chur in eastern Switzerland has been derailed by a landslide, local police have announced. Several people were injured, police said in a statement, without giving a precise figure. An air rescue service was helping the recovery effort at the site, which wasn’t close to a road. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)


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Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

A victim of today's train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, is recovered by helicopter Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. A passenger train traveling from St Moritz to Chur in eastern Switzerland has been derailed by a landslide, local police have announced. Several people were injured, police said in a statement, without giving a precise figure. An air rescue service was helping the recovery effort at the site, which wasn’t close to a road. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)


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Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

Rescue forces recover a victim of a train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. A passenger train traveling from St Moritz to Chur in eastern Switzerland has been derailed by a landslide, local police have announced. Several people were injured, police said in a statement, without giving a precise figure. An air rescue service was helping the recovery effort at the site, which wasn’t close to a road. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)



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