Accident Occurs Just Yards Away From Fire Station
TWO COMMUTER TRAINS COLLIDED IN VIENNA, Austria, during Monday's morning rush hour, sending more than 40 people to the hospitals.
The head-on crash occurred as a result of an electronic signalling equipment failure that created a need for manual operations. After a switch was thrown manually, a train was given permission to proceed when it shouldn't have.
The collision took place very closely to a fire and ambulance emergency station and the response time for the incident is measured in seconds. Several ladder-towers were brought to the elevated track to assist in the scores of extrications that took about 2-½ hours to complete.
Two people, one of them a train driver, are in critical condition and about 5 others are hospitalized in serious condition. About 35 others had light injuries.
ORF-TV has some good video footage from the scene:
The Daily Mail (UK) has the story and more photos HERE.
Hat tip: Mark Donovan
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