Two men die in Vaud rail crossing collision

Two men died when a passenger train struck a car in a level crossing on Monday in Le Chenit, a town in the canton of Vaud’s Vallée de Joux.

The collision occurred on the rail line linking Le Brassus and Vallorbe at around 10.20am, cantonal police said in a news release.

The victims, citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina aged 46 and 45, were in a car that traversed the barrier-free Rocheray crossing just as the train was passing through, police said.

For an undetermined reason, the driver of the car ignored the crossing lights and failed to see the train, operated by the Travys public transport company and heading toward Vallorbe.

The train struck the car with a force that propelled it a dozen metres in the air, police said.

The car landed against a electric transmission line pylon.

One of the men was thrown out of the car while the other was trapped, but both were dead by the time rescue officials arrived, police said.

None of the nine passengers aboard the three-carriage train were injured.

However, police said the train driver was taken to a nearby hospital for psychological support.

Travys pressed shuttle buses into service to keep the public transport link operating between Vallorbe and Le Brassus for the rest of the day.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way, led by police officers from the traffic division.

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Nearly 30 injured in collision of Swiss cruise ship on the Rhine

German police say 27 people sustained injuries when a Swiss hotel ship collided with a motorway bridge on the Rhine river near Duisburg.

Nearly 30 injured in collision of Swiss cruise ship on the Rhine

Four people who were seriously injured in the incident were able to leave their respective hospitals on Wednesday, according to German and Swiss news reports.

The ‘Swiss Crystal’ was carrying 129 people when the accident occurred late on Tuesday evening, a police spokesman said.

A spokesperson for the Swiss tour operator Scylla said the ship had been on a five-day cruise along the Rhine and was on its way back to the Netherlands where it was due to dock at Arnhem on Wednesday.

All 102 passengers came from the Netherlands.

The bow of the 101-metre-long ship was damaged in the collision, leading to a large-scale rescue operation.

A second passenger ship came to its rescue, helping disembark passengers and crew.

Emergency medics treated passengers at the scene.