One Train Driver Killed
TWO COMMUTER TRAINS COLLIDED head-on in Switzerland Monday evening. The crash killed the driver of one of the trains and sent more than 30 people to the hospital.
Railway officials are saying that the most probable explanation for the is a failure of one of the drivers to stay on the side track and wait for the oncoming train to pass.
"The main theory being considered by investigators is that the illuminated signal was not respected by the train coming from Payerne which had stopped at Granges-Près-Marnand station," said police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel.
Usually the train from Payerne waits in the station for the regional express from Lausanne to pass through without stopping.
Investigators say it seems this time the 54-year-old driver started moving and his train was travelling at 40 kilometres an hour when the collision happened on a single track.
Other than the one fatality, it appears that all of the hospitalized victims will be ok and most likely released within the next two days.
The Daily Mail has the early story and more photos HERE.
The Associated Press provided some raw video from the scene:
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