Driver dead in Swiss rail crash: police

30th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

Rescue workers at the site of the Swiss rail accident in which two trains collided, have found the body of one of the drivers, police said early Tuesday.

A statement from local police said his body had been recovered from the cockpit of the wrecked train.

Emergency workers at the site of the crash, the village of Granges-pres-Marnand in western Switzerland, had to use special equipment to cut the two engines apart and retrieve the body.

In all, 35 passengers were injured in Monday evening's accident. Such was the force of their collision, the two mangled train engines were wrapped together in the crash.

Although five of those hurt were said to be seriously injured, police said their lives were not thought to be in danger.

Of the two trains involved in the accident, one had been bound for Lausanne, some 38 kilometres (24 miles) to the south, while the other was travelling north from the same city, officials said.

A total of 46 passengers had been on board, all of them Swiss, police said.

Police experts, along with members of the Swiss accident investigation authority SESA, have launched a probe into what caused the crash, officials said.


© 2013 AFP

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