Switzerland: Around 30 injured in train collision at Andermatt station

The two trains crashed near Andermatt station

A locomotive slammed into a five-carriage train at a station in the Swiss Alps in central Switzerland on Monday, lightly injuring 33 people on board but with no fatalities or life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The incident occurred at the Andermatt rail station.

The crash on the popular Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn line took place during a maneuver to bring the engine from the rear to the front of the train.

Regional train operator Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn said 27 people were injured after a train locomotive crashed into its own passenger cars while trying to move from one end of the train to the other to reverse its direction.

Investigation is now going on.

The locomotive was moving at a very slow speed, so none of the injuries are thought to be serious.

But the effect was nonetheless dramatic for the school children, many of whom were heading to a camp. Firefighters were also present on the scene, reports claimed.

Around 100 people were onboard when the accident happened shortly before midday, including three school classes counting 65 primary and secondary school students, Uri police said.

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