Forty-four people were injured tonight after two passenger trains collided head-on in Switzerland. The dozens of passengers were hurt, four of them seriously, when the trains collided on the same track after travelling towards each other near Granges-Marnand station in the west of the country.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J) Police, ambulances, helicopters and firefighters were on the scene following the crash, which happened just before 7pm local time (6pm BST), according to Swiss newspaper the Geneva Tribune.
‘As our train arrived at the station, another train has collided into us,’ said one witness on the train. Vaud state police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said rescue operations were still under way tonight at the site on a regional line about 31 miles south-west of the capital, Bern.
‘These are regional trains,’ he added. ‘The speeds are a little lower and even if one deeply regrets the likely loss of life of one person as well as five serious injuries, the situation could have been much more catastrophic.’
Pictures on the website of local daily 24 Heures showed the mangled wreckage of the two trains still on the tracks. A Reuters photographer at the scene said the trains had collided head on. Photographs from the site showed the two regional trains locked together, partly lifted off the tracks by the force of the collision. One of the trains was heading to Lausanne, the other to Payerne.
There was no immediate report of deaths. Last Wednesday, 79 people were killed in a high-speed derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Vlad Tepes reports that a relatively recent issue of Al-Qaeda’s ‘Inspire Magazine specifically tells muslim readers to attack trains as opposed to aircraft as they are easier targets and tells them how: Al-Qaeda’s possible link to train disasters