Signal-jumping likely cause of Swiss train crash
GRANGES-PRES-MARNAND, Switzerland (AFP) - Swiss investigators on Tuesday pointed to signal-jumping as the likely cause of a head-on train collision in the west of the country that killed a driver and injured 26 other people.
"The investigation focuses on the likelihood that the train travelling from Payerne failed to respect a signal," Jean-Christophe Sauterel, police spokesman for Switzerland's Vaud region, told reporters.
The crash between two local trains occurred at around 7:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Monday just outside the station in Granges-pres-Mornand, a village between the Geneva and Neuchatel lakes in Switzerland's French-speaking region.
One train had been travelling from the town of Payerne to the lakeside city of Lausanne, 38 kilometres (24 miles) to the south, while the other one, a faster regional service, was travelling north from Lausanne.