Vaud police probe mystery highway death

An investigation is underway into the death of a pedestrian early Sunday on the A-1 motorway linking Geneva and Lausanne.

Vaud police probe mystery highway death
A-1 motorway. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A man was struck and killed at around 6.15am by a car travelling east toward Lausanne not far from the turnoff for Coppet in the canton of Vaud, cantonal police said.

The victim appears to to have been an 18-year-old man who was involved in an argument with the driver of a taxi he was traveling in, police said in a news release.

The driver of the cab, heading to Geneva, stopped the vehicle on the side of the highway at 6am when the passenger got out and starting walking east, the release said.

A prosecutor has launched a process to formally identify the victim, believed to be a resident of the Geneva area.

Elsewhere in the canton, a security guard working at a McDonald’s restaurant in Yverdon-les-Bains lodged a criminal complaint over the weekend after being savagely beaten by a gang of youths on Friday night.

The employee of the Transesco security firm had asked the group of young men to move away from the area outside the restaurant where they were allegedly smoking marijuana, 20Minutes reported online.

The men, aged between 15 and 20, responded by attacking the agent, hitting him repeatedly in the face, the newspaper said, citing a witness.

“Even when he fell, he received kicks to the head,” the witness is quoted as saying.

The security guard was unconscious when he was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he spent the night in a hospital.

He received numerous cuts to the face, swollen tissue and a broken tooth, 20Minutes said.

The incident took place in the Place Bel-Air, a central square in Yverdon known as a place for drug dealing, where Transesco has been hired by the municipality to provide security, the online news site added.

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Drunk man dies trying to board train in Lausanne

Questions are being raised about the death of an inebriated 64-year-old man who fell between a train and the station platform in Lausanne less than two hours hours after police at another Swiss station checked him for being drunk.

Drunk man dies trying to board train in Lausanne
InterCity train. Photo: Swiss Federal Railways

The victim, a Polish citizen, attempted to board an InterCity train heading to Geneva late Sunday afternoon as it was pulling out of the station, according to a report from La Liberté newspaper, citing a statement issued by Vaud cantonal police.

The man directed an unsteady foot in the direction of the carriages, “tried to hang on to the moving train . . , (and) lost his balance before falling between the platform and the railway tracks,” police said.

La Liberté reported that one of the victim’s legs, jammed between the train and the edge of platform number 5, was severed.

A doctor, two ambulance attendants and firemen quickly arrived on the scene but were unable to save the man, who died from his injuries.

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) earlier notified Fribourg cantonal police at around 3.20pm that the man was drunk and had fallen on the floor of a train travelling from Geneva to Lucerne, La Liberté reported.

Two doctors travelling on the train had first noticed him and the fact he had a gash on his forehead.

At the Fribourg train station, cantonal police checked the man, who told officers that he lived in Lausanne, La Liberté reported.

Police then accompanied him on to another InterCity train heading to the Vaud capital, where he fell asleep, the newspaper said.

SBB staff woke the man up when the train arrived in Lausanne and an employee accompanied him to a bench on the platform.

The victim died while trying to board the train he had just got off, police said.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the accident.

It was the second fatal accident involving a train in the canton of Vaud on Sunday.

A 24-year-old pedestrian was struck by a train at around 6am on the Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB) railway near Les Avants, a village several kilometres northeast of Montreux.

The victim, a local resident, became separated from a group of friends after visiting a local music festival, Vaud police said.

Police are still looking into the causes of the mishap.