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

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A popular 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 which carried 210 passengers is the Glacier Express which links the Alpine 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.

Police added that the carriages were all first class wagons, with a maximum capacity of 30 passengers each.

Police did not give the nationality of the person who was killed, but said in a statement that between 10 and 12 of the injured were in a serious condition.

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

A massive emergency rescue was mounted, with some 15 doctors, 70 firemen and 11 ambulances dispatched to the scene. Nine helicopters also helped to ferry the injured to hospitals in the Valais canton.

Some of the injured were also taken to hospitals in the western Swiss cities of Lausanne and Geneva, added police.

© 2010 AFP

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