Skip to main content

School children among over 30 injured in Swiss Alps train accident


The accident happened shortly as a train run by the Matterhorn-Gotthard rail company, made up of a locomotive and five carriages, attempted a manoeuvre at the station in Andermatt, near the Italian border. PHOTOS: CNN.com

Thirty-three people, most of them school children, were injured Monday when a train engine collided with carriages full of passengers at a station in the Swiss Alps, police and media reports said.

“No one is in critical condition,” said a spokeswoman for the regional police in the Swiss canton of Uri.

Around 100 people were onboard when the accident happened shortly before midday, including three school classes counting 65 primary and secondary school students, the Swiss daily Blick reported.

Eighteen of those injured were children, it said.

The ATS news agency said that of the 15 other people injured, 13 were Swiss and two were Dutch.

The accident happened shortly as a train run by the Matterhorn-Gotthard rail company, made up of a locomotive and five carriages, attempted a manoeuvre at the station in Andermatt, near the Italian border.

The locomotive was supposed to move to a parallel track to move from the back of the train to the front, and allow the train to head back towards the Alpine resort of Disentis.

But Jan Barwalde, a spokesman for the rail company, told AFP something had gone wrong and the locomotive had slammed into the carriages.

“For some reason, the locomotive drove into the convoy it had just detached from, instead of moving onto the parallel track,” he said.

He said the locomotive had been travelling at a speed of 15 to 20 kilometres per hour (9-12 miles per hour), and there appeared to be very little material damage.

But the collision was nonetheless dramatic for the school children, many of whom were heading to a camp.

“We were just getting into the train when there was a jerk,” 32-year-old secondary school teacher Chantal Michel told Blick.

She said some students who were on the stairs lifting suitcases into the train when the accident happened had fallen.

Twenty-five of those injured had been taken to hospital, but most were quickly released.

Another teacher, Andre Kobelt, told Blick that one child was being kept in hospital overnight with a suspected concussion.

Three rescue helicopters and around a dozen ambulances were sent to the scene, Swiss media reported.

The regional police and the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board have opened an investigation into the accident.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Is Davido A Member Of The Black Axe Secret Cult? Check Out What His Manager Is Saying

Asa Asika, Davido’s country manager,  has rubbished a controversial report which went viral last week that one Tobi Adegoke, a 25-year-old suspected member of the Black Axe cult was lured into becoming a member of the group with promises that joining the group would grant him the rare opportunity of meeting Davido, Vanguard reports. According to the suspect, a budding musician who is currently in police custody after being arrested and paraded alongside 26-other suspected cultists by the Lagos State Police Command last week Wednesday; he fell for the cheap trick because he believed meeting Davido would boost his music career.  “I am an Aiye member (Black Axe). I have been in the cult for about two years. I was told that Davido was a member and if I joined, I will be able to meet him. It was the guy who initiated me that said so. He said he worked for Davido and that it will be easy access for me. But since I joined, I have not met Davido. They told me I’ll become a very popular musici…

Nigerian Soldier Fighting Boko Haram, Shares Pictures Of The Grave where he sleeps

A Nigerian soldier “Charles Sea” who is currently on the warfront fighting Boko Haram shared a photo on social media of the grave where he sleeps daily.

According to him, from that grave the wakes up every morning to carry out his daily duties.

Read what he wrote below…

Happy sunday friends and my dear people of God. Thank God i made it today again in the land of the living , from this grave, I wake every morning to carry out my daily duty.

This is real courageous to defend we civilians…

See more photos below:


Check NYSC Senate Approved List of All Institutions for the 2017 Batch ‘B’

National Youth Service Corps, NYSC senate list is out. The portal for verifying the senate approved mobilization list (2017 Batch ‘B’) of various institutions in Nigeria is live.
This is to inform all prospective corps members (2017 Batch ‘B’) that they can now check the senate approved mobilization list of their various institutions on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) portal for free.
See also: NYSC Batch ‘B’ Mobilization Exercise Timetable – 2017
HOW TO CHECK NYSC SENATE APPROVED LIST. 1. Go to NYSC senate list portal at https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc2/VerifySenateLists.aspx 2. Select your Institution. 3. Supply your Matriculation Number and Surname in the required columns. 4. Select your date of birth. Finally, click the ‘SEARCH’ button to access your mobilization status.