Swiss Train Derails, Car Plunges Into Ravine

200 people on board, number of casualties unknown

By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2014 9:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A landslide today sent one carriage of a Swiss passenger train plunging into a ravine and left another hanging from the rails, the BBC reports. Officials are calling it a "serious" incident, though the number of casualties isn't known. The RT network reports 200 passengers were on board; a police spokesman says those with injuries have been taken to the hospital, though some had to be rescued via helicopter. The Rhaetian Railway train derailed on its way to Chur from the St. Moritz ski resort in a wooded area near Tiefencastel, reports SwissInfo. The line is frequented by tourists. Heavy rain overnight is being blamed for the landslide.

Rescue forces recover a victim of today's train crash, right, near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014.
Rescue forces recover a victim of today's train crash, right, near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
A victim of today's train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, is recovered by helicopter Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
A victim of today's train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, is recovered by helicopter Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
Rescue forces recover a victim of a train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
Rescue forces recover a victim of a train crash near Tiefencastel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)
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