Witnesses sought in expat’s train death

Fribourg cantonal police issued an appeal on Monday for witnesses following the death of an elderly expat at the train station in Romont, a small town northeast of Lausanne.

Witnesses sought in expat's train death

The woman was crossing the tracks between two platforms when she was struck by an Intercity train travelling from Zurich to Geneva on Sunday at 12.15pm, cantonal police said in a news release.

Despite warning sounds and emergency braking, “the collision could not be avoided and the victim was caught between the train and the edge of the platform”, police said.

Customers at the train station restaurant heard the collision and rushed to help the woman, who was still alive, the force said.

“She unfortunately died from her injuries when police and an ambulance arrived.”

The Intercity train does not stop at Romont, a town of 4,600 known for its medieval castle and fortifications, where about a third of the population is foreign.

Police said they were pursuing investigations to formally identify the woman, whose age was not given.

Anyone who saw the accident is asked to contact the Fribourg cantonal police on 026 305 17 17.

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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.