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Swiss train derailed in landslide

  • 13 August 2014
  • From the section Europe

A train has derailed at the top of a gulley after running into a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz.

Eleven people are reported to have been injured and taken to nearby hospitals by helicopter, but there appear to have been no fatalities.

The accident left one carriage hanging over the edge of the ravine, while another plunged down before before lodging behind a tree.

The landslide happened after heavy rain in eastern Switzerland overnight.

Rescuers work near a train after it was derailed by a landslide near Tiefencastel, in a mountainous part of eastern Switzerland, on August 13, 101
Five of the injuries were classed as serious
Rescue services airlift a victim of the passenger train accident near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, 13 August 2014
The accident comes amid unusually bad weather for the month of August, normally a popular time for tourists

Five people were seriously injured and another six sustained slight injuries, said Graubuenden police spokeswoman Anita Senti.

A passenger who was on the train told the Swiss newspaper 20Minuten of his experience when the train made an emergency stop.

"We all rushed to the back of the carriage to put all of our weight there so that it wouldn't tip into the abyss," he said.

There were reportedly 200 people on the train when the accident happened.

The accident occurred on a mountainous train line near Tiefencastel, between Chur and St Moritz in the region of Graubuenden.

The Swiss rail system is widely seen as among the safest in the world. But Wednesday's accident comes only two days after three people died when their minibus was hit by a train in central Switzerland.

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