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Seventeen injured in Schaffhausen train crash

Two passenger trains collided at a train station in northern Switzerland on Thursday morning, injuring 17 people, according to latest reports.

Seventeen injured in Schaffhausen train crash
Swiss TV (SRF) image of crash aftermath

The incident occurred at around 7.35am near the Neuhausen am Rheinfall station on the Winterthur-Schaffhausen line.

"The trains crashed head-on into each other and derailed," David Togni, from Feuerthalen, told Blick.ch, the online news site.

"It looks really bad."

Anja Schudel, a spokesman from Schaffhausen police, said 17 people were injured, Blick reported.

Nine people were transported to hospital but there were no serious injuries, an official told a press conference.

A total of 220 rescue workers arrived at the site, where passengers were evacuated from the the trains, which collided 250 metres from the station.

"We are in the process of evacuating," SBB spokesman Jean-Philippe Schmidt told AFP.

The locomotive of one of the trains, a double-decker that had been heading for Winterthour in the canton of Zurich, derailed when it was hit by a
regional train.

A rescue train had been sent in to help put it back on the track, and was also carrying rescue personnel to help with any injuries, Schmidt said.

"The train hit the emergency brakes and everyone was thrown out of their seats," one of the passengers told the 20minutes.ch website.

"One person was bleeding heavily from the head," he added.

Another passenger told the online paper that he had seen "an old lady lying unconscious on the ground who was bleeding a lot."

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

The crash seriously disrupted morning rail traffic on the Winterthur-Schaffhausen line.

Shuttle buses were pressed into service to move passengers to some destinations, Blick reported.

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Rail services to remain disrupted in Switzerland in the coming days

Snow and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend caused havoc on some train lines, mainly in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Rail services to remain disrupted in Switzerland in the coming days
Snow has slowed down train traffic in Switzerland. Photo by AFP

Freezing temperatures cut off the power on some lines, disrupting train traffic in several regions.

Internationally, traffic between St. Margrethen in St.Gallen and Munich was interrupted due to heavy snowfall. EuroCity trains between Zurich and Munich were canceled.

Before it resumes normal service, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) must clear a thick layer of snow from trains and remove fallen trees from tracks, the company said on its website.

The train between Basel and Zurich airport will be canceled until Tuesday evening. 

But SBB says it will resume most of its traffic on the main lines on Monday, though at reduced frequency.

Shorter train formations and longer journeys should also be expected in the next few days.

READ MORE: Swiss railways releases new time table: Here's what changes in 2021

How can you know ahead of time about any last-minute cancellations or delays?

The timetable is also constantly updated on the SBB Mobile App. 

Any delays or last minute cancellations are indicated there in real time.

On Twitter, @RailService and @railinfo_cff provide information on possible disruptions as well.

READ MORE: MAP: Return of night trains across Europe comes a step closer

 


 

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