Trains Collide in Switzerland, Dozens Injured

CNN is reporting that two commuter trains collided in Switzerland this evening, leaving 44 injured. 

Swiss Federal Railways spokesman Reto Schaerli told CNN that the collision happened in the village of Granges-près-Marnand, about five miles south of Payerne, at about 6:50 p.m. local time. The trains were on a route between Payerne and Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The crash will interrupt train service between Payerne and Moudon—a city near the line's halfway point—until at least midnight.

This crash comes less than a week after a deadly train crash left 79 dead just outside of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, including two U.S. citizens. CNN is also reporting that the driver of that train has been charged with 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness and an undetermined number of counts of causing injury by professional recklessness. And earlier this month, a train accident just south of Paris left six dead and 30 injured.

In spite of these accidents, it is worth noting that train travel in Europe is safer than using cars just about anywhere: According to Fox News, figures compiled by the European Union show railway accident figures shrinking steadily by about six percent a year in the 28-nation bloc, totaling a 70-percent reduction in the accident rate from 1990-2012.


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