Switzerland: Two trains have collided in Rafz injuring up to 50 people – Published 200215 0900z (GMT/UTC)

Early report:

Two trains slammed into each other in the Swiss town of Rafz north of Zurich early on Friday, leaving passengers injured and train carriages upturned, police and media said. “There was an accident this morning, it’s serious, there are injured,” a police spokeswoman, without providing other details. The collision occurred at the train station at Rafz, a town some 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Zurich, overturning train carriages, local media reported. Ambulances have rushed to the scene and service on the train line between the towns of Bulach and Schaffhouse has been suspended.

Friday, 20 February, 2015 at 08:23 (08:23 AM) UTC RSOE

Press Reports

SKY NEWS 08:37, UK, Friday 20 February 2015:

‘Dozens Hurt’ In Swiss Train Collision

Reports say up to 50 people have been injured in a “serious” collision between a high speed train and a local service near Zurich.

Two trains have collided in Switzerland injuring up to 50 people, according to reports.

The collision happened at the train station in the Swiss town of Rafz, around 30 km (19 miles) north of Zurich.

The crash was between a commuter train and a a high-speed train on its way from Zurich to Stuttgart.

Eyewitnesses said the high-speed train hit the other from behind.

“There was an accident this morning, it’s serious, there are injured,” a police spokeswoman said.

“Ambulances from all regions have been mobilised,” she added.

One rescue worker said as many as 49 people had been injured.

A passenger on the local train told the 20 Minutes newspaper that his train had been pulling out of the station when the driver braked suddenly.

“An express train from Zurich came up from behind and hit the side of our train – the intercity train derailed,” said the man, who did not give his name.

The 18-year-old went on to say that passengers had quickly been evacuated from the trains, both of which were “quite damaged”.

Rail services have been suspended.

The Swiss rail service is generally admired for its safety and efficiency – the Swiss are the biggest user of trains in Europe.

Train collision in Rafz: Several partly seriously injured

02/20/2015 07:39 – by: sda

“On Friday morning, two trains collided in Rafz train station in the canton of Zurich. According to initial information, the Zurich cantonal police at least five people were injured. A hard thereof.

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At 6.45 clock there had been a collision in Rafz Station, said a police spokeswoman sda. A large contingent of rescue teams is on site. The Rega has been alerted. The exact extent and cause of the accident were still unclear at the moment, said SBB spokesman Wehrle.

Apparently both trains were traveling in the same direction. An eyewitness reported versus 20 minutes that the train had set off from the Bahnhof Rafz. Shortly after the train station, the train had stopped. This was followed by the express and collided with the side of the train. Several cars derailed trains both.

The conflict has an impact on the rail. According to the SBB line Bülach-Schaffhausen is interrupted train services. On this route run the S-Bahn lines 5 and 22, and the express trains Zurich-Schaffhausen. The Intercity connections between Zurich and Stuttgart will be diverted via Winterthur.

The line Bülach-Schaffhausen is interrupted train services. On this route run the S-Bahn lines 5 and 22, and the express trains Zurich-Schaffhausen. ” – http://www.toponline.ch (Translated by Google)

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