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.
A train derailment that killed at least six people near Paris may have been caused by a loose steel plate at a junction, the French train operator said, as emergency workers continued their search for victims.
Eight people were injured seriously and dozens of others suffered lighter wounds, including British passengers on the packed service bound for Limoges from Paris.
Pierre Izard, head of infrastructure services at SNCF, said the piece which was bolted on to the track had moved to “the middle of the track junction,” preventing the rolling stock from passing through.
“The reasons why this fishplate dislocated itself is the very focus of the investigations,” said SNCF head Guillaume Pepy.
An explosion after a cargo train derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings, setting them on fire, officials and witnesses said.
The train went off the tracks at about 2pm in White Marsh, about 10 miles northeast of Baltimore and a fire department spokeswoman said she did not know if there were any injuries.
Hazmat teams were on the scene, Baltimore County Police and Fire said in a series of tweets.