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Several people injured as two Swiss trains derail during storm

A train derailed in the Swiss town of Büren zum Hof, 20 kilometres north of Bern, 31 March, 2023.
A train derailed in the Swiss town of Büren zum Hof, 20 kilometres north of Bern, 31 March, 2023. Copyright CHSRF
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Two regional trains in Switzerland derailed in separate incidents, injuring more than a dozen people Friday after a storm brought high winds and strong rains to the small Alpine nation, police said.

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Two regional trains in Switzerland derailed in separate incidents, injuring more than a dozen people Friday after a storm brought high winds and strong rains to the small Alpine nation, police said.

The incidents occurred at Lüscherz and Büren zum Hof, near the western city of Bern, police said.

In Büren zum Hof, a police spokeswoman said that 12 people — 9 adults and 3 children — were injured. Of those, one person's injuries were severe.

Television footage of the incident showed train carriages lying on their sides and the driver's cab embedded in a metal pole. 

Police also said several people were injured in the derailment at Lüscherz, but further information about the number of the injured and the severity of their condition was not immediately available.

The transit agencies responsible for the trains, Aare Seeland Mobil and Regional Transit Bern-Solothurn, also confirmed the derailments on their respective websites. They noted that the affected rail routes were closed in response.

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