Man crushed under train at Winterthur station

A 54-year-old man died on Saturday evening at Winterthur station when he fell off a platform in an apparent accident.

Man crushed under train at Winterthur station
File photo: Phil Richards
The incident occurred at around 9pm when the man touched a moving train as it came into the platform, lost his balance and fell on the tracks between the train and the platform, Zurich cantonal police said in a statement.
The 54-year-old victim, who was from another unnamed canton, was so badly injured that he died at the scene.
The public prosecutor’s office and Zurich cantonal police have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. 


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.

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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.

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