Switzerland train crash: Driver's body recovered after disaster leaves 26 injured
Body recovered from drivers cabin amid wreckage at Granges-près-Marnand
The driver of a train was killed late last night in a head-on collision with another train that also saw 26 people injured.
The man's body was found overnight as rescue teams searched the wreckage at Granges-près-Marnand in the canton of Vaud, about 31 miles southwest of the capital Bern.
Police said 46 people were traveling on the two trains, one of which was heading to Lausanne, the other was going to Payerne, when they collided shortly before 7pm.
A police spokesman said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash.
One of the injured was taken by helicopter to Lausanne, while others were treated by paramedics at the scene or taken to hospital by ambulance.
Earlier, Swiss media had cited police as saying 44 were injured, which was then later lowered to 35, before police put the figure at 26. It is not immediately clear why the number was decreased.
Photographs from the Swiss site showed the two regional trains locked together, partly lifted off the tracks by the force of the collision.
Police said several ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter were involved in the rescue operation, but rescuers were initially unable to reach the driver's cabin of one of the trains, where the deceased driver is thought to have been trapped.
Switzerland's rail system is considered among the best and safest in the world. Accidents are rare, though three years ago the country's popular Glacier Express tourist train derailed in the Alps, killing one person and injuring 42.
Seventy-nine people were killed in a train crash in Spain last week, one of the worst in decades.
- 1 Gun instructor accidentally shot dead by nine-year-old girl with Uzi gun
- 2 Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
- 3 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 4 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 5 Homer Simpson has taken the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he has
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Jeremy Clarkson is a cultural tumour and needs to be removed, says comedian Frankie Boyle
- < Previous
- Next >
£40000 - £48000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: C# Devel...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: C# Swift...
£55000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Front-End Deve...
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Graduate C# De...