On Monday, two trains in Switzerland crashed in a head-on collision. The two trains were locked together on the tracks. Early Tuesday morning, rescue workers divided the trains to reach the body of one of the drivers inside of the cabin. The 24-year-old driver did not survive the crash. 26 of the 46 passengers were injured and taken to the hospital.
The crash occurred Monday evening at approximately 7 pm near the train station at Granges-pres-Marnand (31 miles southwest of Bern) in western Switzerland. The trains were traveling between the cities of Lausanne and Payerne. The Swiss Federal Railways company said, “…this is a very sad day and we regret the loss of one of our colleagues as well as those who were injured.”
The reason for the crash is unclear. Jean-Christophe Sauterel, spokesperson for the Vaud police, explained that investigators think one of the drivers ignored the signal of the other train, which was traveling faster and had the right-of-way. Black boxes from both trains have been taken for analysis (black boxes record data, including speed). The train was not scheduled to make a stop at that time. Sauterel also said, “The situation could have been much more catastrophic” and stated that rescue teams will continue to search the scene.
Other accidents in Europe in the past few days include a train crash in Spain on Thursday and a bus crash in Italy on Sunday. In Spain, a Renfe train (Avila 151) crashed near Santiago de Compostela; Out of 218 passengers, 79 lost their lives and 83 are in the hospital. Investigators have started analyzing data from the train’s black box.
Meanwhile, the driver, 52-year-old Francisco Jose Garzon, has been charged with negligent homicide for speeding and not braking, even though he received warning signals. In an emergency call right after the accident Garzon was recorded saying, “I should have been going 80 kilometers per hour and I am going at 190. Let’s hope there aren’t any dead.” The train entered a curve going too quickly and slammed into a concrete wall.
In Italy, 38 (of 48 passengers) were killed and 18 were injured in a bus crash east of Naples and near Monteforte Irpino. The bus hit several cars before crashing into a highway barrier and falling off a viaduct. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Today is a day of national mourning, as ordered by the Italian government.
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