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Regional trains derailed: 15 injured in Switzerland

Regional trains derailed: 15 injured in Switzerland

In the Swiss canton of Bern, two regional trains derailed yesterday in stormy weather. The police stated that the total number of injured people reached fifteen yesterday, one of whom is in a serious condition.

According to a police spokesperson, the incidents occurred in the afternoon near Lüscherz and Büren zum Hof. Possible causes are strong gusts of wind, at the time of the derailment the storm was raging.

The peak winds are over 130 km/h

Storm Matisse swept parts of Switzerland yesterday. As the state weather service MeteoSwiss announced on Saturday, wind peaks were measured at more than 130 km/h in some places.

At around 4:30 p.m., a train carriage of the transport company Aare Seeland Mobil fell on its side near Lüscherz station in strong winds and slid a few meters over a small embankment. Three people were injured, including the train driver. On its website, the railway operator Aare Seeland Mobil reported a derailment due to a natural phenomenon.

Shortly thereafter, a train operated by the transport company Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn (RBS) derailed 40 kilometers away. Cantonal police said 12 people were injured, one seriously.

At the time of this incident, a nearby measuring station recorded a gust of 136 km/h, according to MeteoNews’ private weather service – hurricane strength. RBS cited strong winds as a possible cause. Both trains derailed on narrow gauge lines.

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