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Train Derailment Caused by Landslide Injures 11 in Swiss Alps

By    |   Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 01:51 PM

A train derailment injured 11 passengers in the Swiss Alps on Wednesday after a landslide struck the sides of three cars, knocking one down the mountainside.

According to The Associated Press, police said about 140 people were on board at the time of the accident, about lunchtime. The landslide followed heavy rains over the previous day in the valley between Tiefencastel and Solis, southeast of Zurich.

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The news made international headlines, with British, Russian, and Indian publications reporting and tweeting out pictures of the disaster.







Five people were seriously injured and another six sustained slight injuries, Graubuenden police spokeswoman Anita Senti said. They included eight Swiss, two Japanese citizens, and one Australian, police said.

The train had set off from the ski resort of St. Moritz heading north toward Chur, Graubuenden's administrative capital.

Police initially said the train ran into a landslide on the track, but later revised their comments to say a landslide hit the train as it traveled between two tunnels along the side of a valley. One train car slid about 10 meters (33 feet) down the slope before being stopped by the trees.

Air rescue helicopters helped with the recovery effort since the crash site was not near a road. By mid-afternoon, everyone had been evacuated, with uninjured passengers taken to Tiefencastel and put on buses.

The train is operated by Rhaetische Bahn, which runs narrow-gauge routes in Switzerland's mountainous southeastern corner that are popular with tourists. The line is expected to remain closed for two days.

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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