Two Swiss trains collide, 35 injured, driver feared dead

Swiss rescue workers wheel a wounded person on a stretcher after two regional trains crashed head on near Granges-Pres-Marnand near Payerne

Swiss rescue workers wheel a wounded person on a stretcher after two regional trains crashed head on near Granges-Pres-Marnand near Payerne

Reuters

7 hours ago
 

GRANGES-PRES-MARNAND, Switzerland (Reuters) – Two trains collided head-on in Switzerland on Monday evening, injuring about 35 people, five seriously, police said.

The driver of one of the trains was still unaccounted for and thought to be inside the wreckage, at Granges-près-Marnand in the canton of Vaud, police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said.

Police inspect the site where two passenger trains collided head-on in Granges-pres-Marnand, western Switzerland, Monday, July 29, 2013. Numerous people have been injured. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

Police inspect the site where two passenger trains collided head-on in Granges-pres-Marnand, western Switzerland, Monday, July 29, 2013. Numerous people have been injured. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

“These are regional trains. 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,” Sauterel said.

He said it was too early to try to ascertain the cause of the crash.

A rescue worker stands near two Swiss regional trains after a head-on collision near Granges-Pres-Marnand near Payerne

A rescue worker stands near two Swiss regional trains after a head-on collision near Granges-Pres-Marnand near Payerne

One of the injured was taken by helicopter to Lausanne. Others were treated on the spot by paramedics or taken to hospital by ambulance.

About 40 people were on the two trains, one of which was heading to Lausanne, the other was going to Payerne.

Seventy-nine people were killed in a train crash in Spain last week, one of the worst in decades.

(Reporting by Denis Balibouse, additional reporting by Emma Farge; Writing by Tom Miles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)