Two Trains in Switzerland Derail in Storm, 15 Injured. PHOTO/Radio Moldova
LUSCHERZ – At least 15 people were injured, including at least one person seriously injured, in two car separate derailments that occurred in rapid succession on Friday (31/3/2023). The incident occurred due to a windstorm in the northwest Swiss .
As AFP reported, the crash occurred on a regional passenger train line, occurring about 30 kilometers apart, north of the Swiss capital, Bern.
Three people were injured in the first wave, including the driver. Additionally, 12 people were injured in the second wave, with winds of 136 kph recorded nearby.
The first incident occurred in the lakeside village of Luscherz at around 4.30pm. (1430 GMT), police said. The train had 16 people on board.
“As strong winds blew, the front carriage of the train overturned to the right of the tracks, derailed from a small embankment a few meters and finally came to a stop,” Bern cantonal police said in a statement.
“Three people, including the driver in the overturned carriage, were injured, treated by a team of four ambulances and taken to hospital,” the statement continued.
The front carriages of the two trains can be seen lying on their right side from the single-track rail, in the grassy edge between the tracks that run along the track and a plowed field.
Workers in orange work clothes and hard hats were on site, with ladders positioned beside the carriages so they could reach the left side that had turned upside down. Firefighters helped get people out.
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