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article image2 trains collide in Swiss railway station, 1 dead, many injured

By Anne Sewell     Jul 30, 2013 in World
Lausanne - One person is dead and dozens are injured after two passenger trains collided in a railway station near Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday evening. The body of the driver has been found in the rubble.
Reportedly, as one train headed towards Lausanne, the two trains collided, around 100-200 meters away from the station.
One of the passengers told the Geneva Tribune, "As our train arrived at the station, another train collided into us - it was very violent."
Another witness told the media, “Many passengers were injured and were taken care of by rescue services.”
According to police sources, 35 people were injured in the crash. Earlier reports had apparently suggested 44 people might have suffered injuries in the crash.
The incident occurred near the city of Lausanne in the municipality of Granges-Pres-Marnand, in the western French-speaking region of the country at around 7 pm local time. Ambulances, helicopters, firefighters and police were quickly on the scene.
According to state police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel, around an hour after the incident, rescue operations were still ongoing in the area. Passengers were evacuated from the wreckage, with those who were seriously injured taken to either the University Hospital of Lausanne or a nearby hospital in Payerne.
Rail tranportation between the two municipalities of Moudon and Payerne, between which the train crash occurred, has been temporarily halted. A bus service has been laid on in its place.
According to a CFF spokeswoman, the two trains should have crossed at the station, as there is a track system that allows them to pass one another.
Police officials, together with the Swiss accident investigation authority SESA, have launched an investigation into the likely cause of the crash.
Europe has experienced a spate of serious public transport accidents this month, with this incident being the third train crash in the last 3 weeks.
The most recent disaster was the high-speed train crash in Santiago, Spain last Wednesday which killed 79 people and injured dozens.
Switzerland has fortunately seen few train crashes, although in 2010 a Glacier Express train derailed, killing one person and injuring 42. Previous to this incident, the most serious crash was in 1985 in Bussigny, Vaud, when five people died and 56 were injured.
Scenes of the wreckage:
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29  2013.
Two trains collided in Granges-Pres-Marnand near Lausanne in Switzerland on Monday July 29, 2013.
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