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

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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)

3 killed (including a 5yr old), 9 seriously injured in Philippines railway crossing crash

Three people were killed and 9 others were seriously injured when a Manila-bound train rammed into a fully loaded van in a railway crossing in Candelaria, Quezon early morning Thursday, an official of Quezon rescuers group said.

Henry Buzar, coordinator of provincial disaster risk reduction and management council, identified the fatalities from the ill-fated van as Quesea Nicole Bolos, 5; Paula Oliquiano Carasig, 17; and Nancy Oliquiano, who were all declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

The rest of the van passengers who were all seriously injured were rushed to two hospitals in Candelaria, Buzar said.Supt. Arsenio Bantayan, Candelaria police chief, said that at around 4:30 a.m. a white-colored Toyota Innova (ZDH-485) traveling towards Lucena collided with a passing locomotive in a Philippine National Railways crossing at the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Masin.

Quoting witnesses at the accident site, Bantayan said the van was running fast and tried to cross the railway tracks ahead of the approaching train.

The train hit the van on its left side and dragged the mangled vehicle for more than 15 meters before coming to a halt. No passengers on the train were hurt.

The train passengers disembarked at the accident site as the train was ordered to return to Lucena station, police said.Bantayan said policemen, Army soldiers and village watchmen immediately cleared the accident site and return the flow of traffic to normal.

Thursday, 03 May, 2012 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC RSOE

124 injured in Amsterdam two-train crash – Updated 21 April 2012 2105GMT/UTC

Reuters said “Almost 125 people were injured, many seriously, when two Dutch commuter trains crashed head-on in Amsterdam on Saturday, police said.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities, but of those injured, 13 suffered major injuries while 43 or 44 were badly injured, a spokesman said. About 70 suffered minor injuries.

A trauma helicopter was used to bring the injured to hospital, a spokesman for railways group NS said.

The trains did not serve Schiphol international airport, the NS spokesman added, but the accident disrupted airport train service.

Some people were lifted from the wreckage by cranes while others were led away from the crash site in protective wraps to dozens of waiting ambulances, while police cars and fire trucks stood by.

“We heard a loud bang. I went outside and saw people on the street in panic,” a woman at the scene told broadcaster AT5.

“We then saw what had happened. Quite quickly there were emergency services at the scene. It was managed well. Some people had head wounds, others were limping.”

One of the trains involved in the crash serves the cities of Den Helder and Nijmegen, while the other runs between Amsterdam and Uitgeest, the railways spokesman said.

Netherlands public broadcaster NOS aired video footage showing two trains that had collided.

(Reporting by Gilbert Kreijger, additional reporting by Sara Webb; Editing by Michael Roddy)”