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    Australian among 11 hurt in Swiss Alps train derailment

    The severity of the woman’s injuries is not yet known and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is witholding further information until her family members have been consulted.

    “The Australian Consulate-General in Geneva is providing consular assistance to an Australian woman in relation to a railway accident in Switzerland,” DFAT said in a statement just after midday today.

    Swiss police have confirmed that five people were seriously injured while a further six sustained only slight injuries.

    One carriage slid down a steep slope, saved from a ravine only by large trees.

    The accident occurred in a deep wooded valley between Tiefencastel and Solis, southeast of Zurich in the canton (state) of Graubuenden.

    Police said about 140 people were on board at the time of the accident, about lunchtime. The landslide followed heavy rains over the past 24 hours.

    They injured included eight Swiss and two Japanese citizens as well as the Australian, police said.

    The train had set off from the ski resort of St. Moritz heading north toward Chur, Graubuenden’s administrative capital.

    Police initially said the train ran into a landslide on the track, but later revised their comments to say a landslide hit the train as it travelled between two tunnels along the side of a valley.

    One train car slid about 10 metres down the slope before being stopped by the trees.

    Air rescue helicopters helped with the recovery effort since the crash site was not near a road.

    18 killed, 145 injured as train derails in Maharashtra

    Eighteen persons were killed and 145 injured after an engine and four coaches of the Diva-Sawantwadi Road Passenger derailed between Nagothane and Roha stations in Maharashtra, railway authorities said.

    The accident happened at 9.40 am on Sunday.The injured were rushed to a nearby local hospital. “Eighteen lives have been lost in the tragedy,” Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil told the IANS news agency after visiting the spot.

    “We are giving all possible help to the victims’ families and providing medical attention to the injured,” he added.

    "The Railway ministry has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh to the next of kin of dead, Rs.50,000 to the grievously injured and Rs.10,000 to persons who sustained minor injuries," a Central Railways press statement said.
    Doctors of the Konkan Railways and other officials are assisting CR for quick relief and restoration work. Materials and other equipment are also being provided to the CR. Rescue teams are trying to extricate bodies that have been trapped inside the bogies that turned turtle owing to the accident.

    The Railways have set up a helpline at the Roha railway station.



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