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Swiss train carriage plunges into ravine after landslide

Published on Aug 13, 2014 10:11 PM
Police and rescue workers help after a passenger train derailed into a ravine near the village of Tiefencastel in a mountainous region of southeastern Switzerland after encountering a mudslide on the tracks on August 13, 2014. Several passengers were injured after at least three train carriages came off the tracks near the village, which is less than 50km northwest of the ski resort St Moritz. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - A landslide derailed a passenger train in the Swiss mountains on Wednesday sending one carriage plunging into a ravine, but it appeared that miraculously there had been no deaths.

Police said five people were seriously injured and six slightly hurt in the accident on the line between the upscale mountain resort of St. Moritz and the eastern city of Chur.

Terrified passengers crowded into the rear of another carriage in a bid to prevent it from tipping over the edge.

“The train made an emergency stop in the middle of nowhere,” passenger Stevens Bockor was quoted as saying by news website 20Minuten.  “We all rushed to the back of the carriage to put all of our weight there, so that it didn’t tip into the abyss,” he said.

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