17 injured in Swiss train collision

17 injured in Swiss train collision
Seventeen people have been injured after two passenger trains collided in northern Switzerland, local police report.

The collision occurred early morning near Neuhausen Station in the canton of Schaffhausen, Tages-Anzeiger daily reports.

One train’s engine derailed and rammed the side of the other train, causing bad damage to both. But it was less than it could have been because the trains were traveling relatively slowly at the moment the collision occurred.

Dozens of ambulances, as well as firefighters and police cars, have been dispatched to the site.

Some of the people injured in the incident had to be taken to hospital, Police spokeswoman Anja Schudel said. Others were treated at the scene and allowed to go. The trains were carrying some 280 passengers when the incident happened, she said.

Rail traffic along the line connecting Winterthur and Schaffhausen, where the collision occurred, has been disrupted.

Neuhausen is a small town in the north of Switzerland. It is a popular tourist attraction thanks to proximity to the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest plain waterfall.

The collision occurred near Neuhausen Station.
The collision occurred near Neuhausen Station.
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
Swiss rescue personnel stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
A demolished and derailed RE 440 train is pictured after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)
A demolished and derailed RE 440 train is pictured after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)