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2 trains collide in Switzerland, 17 injured

Source : AP
Last Updated: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 10:15 hrs

Two passenger trains collided Thursday morning near a station in northern Switzerland, injuring 17 people, police said.

The accident near Neuhausen station occurred shortly after 7.30 a.m. (0630 GMT), said Patrick Caprez, a spokesman for police in Schaffhausen canton (state). Nine of the injured people were taken to nearby hospitals; Caprez didn't have details on the injuries but said none of their lives were believed to be in danger.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collision.

A locomotive for one of the trains — a double-decker passenger train — derailed.

Rail traffic in two directions from Schaffhausen, a town on Switzerland's northern border with Germany, was interrupted and buses were being used instead.




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