Monitoring Desk: Two Swiss passenger trains collided near Rafz Station north of Zurich early morning, injuring up to 50 people.
The news was confirmed by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) media spokesman Stephan Wehrle after it appeared in social media but he avoided to provide more information. According to police, one person is seriously injured while rest have minor injuries.
“Two passenger trains collided near Rafz Station”, was flashed out on social media around 1 hour earlier then first official statement came out from Swiss authorities. Early morning trains are usually full therefore number of injured people was high, one source said to Dispatch News Desk news agency.
Railway track to and from Zürich has been closed down for all railway traffic and injured are being shifted to hospitals via ambulances and helicopters are also standby for shifting seriously injured people. The speed of both trains were over 100KM when they collied to each other.
He just confirmed that accident has been taken place and rescue operation has been started. A total of five cars were reportedly derailed.
According to passenger through twitter messages, S-Bahn Schaffhausen derailed in Rafz Station when the engineer overlooked a red light and the from behind came the fast train from Zurich to Schaffhausen,” ramming the first train and shifting it sideways.
“There was smoke in the front area of the S-bahn, witness and the trains looked pretty badly damaged,” said on message on twitter. Messenger said that one of the trains stood still on the bridge.
It may be mentioned that Rafz railway station is in the Swiss canton of Zurich and municipality of Rafz. The station is located on the Eglisau to Neuhausen line of the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) that crosses the international border twice on its route between the Swiss cantons of Zurich and Schaffhausen.
The station is operated by the SBB and is the terminus of Zurich S-Bahn line S5 from Zurich, and an intermediate stop on the S22 between Bülach and Schaffhausen.