Swiss passenger train derails into ravine, 11 injured

Updated: 2014-08-14 09:53


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Swiss passenger train derails into ravine, 11 injured

View of a train after it was derailed by a landslide near Tiefencastel, in a mountainous part of eastern Switzerland, on Aug 13, 2014. A landslide derailed a passenger train in the Swiss mountains on Aug 13 sending one carriage plunging into a ravine but it appeared that miraculously there had been no deaths. [Photo/CFP]

ZURICH - A passenger train derailed into a ravine in a mountainous region of southeastern Switzerland after encountering a mudslide on the tracks, Swiss police said on Wednesday.

Eleven passengers were injured after three train carriages came off the tracks near Tiefencastel, a village less than 50 km (31 miles) northwest of the ski resort St. Moritz.

It was the second accident in a week on Switzerland's rail system, widely regarded as one of the safest in the world.

On Monday, three Israelis were killed and five others seriously injured when their minibus collided with a train at a railroad crossing in a village in central Switzerland.

In Wednesday's derailment, one of the passenger carriages fell 10 meters into a ravine, police said.

Five people were seriously injured and another six sustained slight injuries. Among those injured were two people with Japanese nationality and one Australian, according to police.

There were 140 people on board the train when the accident occurred following heavy rain in Switzerland overnight.

The Albula train line, a popular tourist route which winds for 62 km through mountainous terrain crossing though tunnels and over viaducts, is expected to stay closed for two days.

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