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27 people injured in train crash in central Switzerland

Officials ivestigate a train at the train station in Andermatt, Switzerland, Monday, September 11, 2017. 27 people were injured after a train locomotive crashed into its own passenger cars while trying to move from one end of the train to the other to reverse its direction. (Urs Flueeler/Keystone via AP)
September 11, 2017 - 7:21 AM

GENEVA - Swiss authorities are investigating the crash of a train locomotive into a string of passenger rail cars during a manoeuvring operation that injured 27 people, though none seriously.

Police and medical teams were rushed to the scene of the accident in the central town of Andermatt involving the locomotive and five cars with about 100 passengers on board.

Regional train operator Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn said the train's locomotive was supposed to move from the back of the train to the front on a parallel track, but instead crashed into the back of the train.

Spokesman Jan Baerwalde of train service operator Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn said authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

The Uri regional police department said none of the injuries were life-threatening.


This story has been corrected to give the circumstances of the crash.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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