Swiss alpine train derails, one killed, 42 hurt: police

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A Swiss tourist train carrying mainly Japanese holidaymakers derailed in the Alps on Friday, killing one person and injuring 42 others, police said.

The derailed train is the Glacier Express, a popular service linking the ski resorts of Zermatt and St Moritz, a spokesman for police in Valais canton, Jean-Marie Bornet, told AFP.

"Three wagons were derailed, two are completely laid down. In these two wagons, the passengers were mainly Japanese," he said.

Bornet did not give the nationality of the person who was killed. Six of the injured were in a serious condition, he said.

The cause of the accident remains unclear but an investigation is ongoing, police said.

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