Four in Swiss train accident in critical condition: official

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Swiss authorities confirmed Saturday that a 64-year-old Japanese woman was killed when a popular tourist train derailed in the Alps, and said four other Japanese citizens were in a critical condition.

Some 42 people were injured when three first-class wagons of the Glacier Express travelling between the ski resorts of Zermatt and St Moritz derailed Friday.

Nicole Bayard, a spokeswoman from western Switzerland's Valais canton, told AFP that "nine are seriously injured including four who are in a very critical condition."

She added that all nine with serious injuries are Japanese.

Among 23 people who are still hospitalised, 19 are Japanese, two are Swiss and two are Spanish.

Others have been discharged with minor injuries.

Valais police said they were still investigating the cause of the accident.

© 2010 AFP

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