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  • 14 August 2014, 0:40

Derailed Train Carriage Plunges Into Ravine

A train carrying around 140 passengers has been derailed by a landslide, sending one carriage plunging into a ravine.

Pictures from the scene show another carriage hanging precariously from the tracks winding through mountains in Graubuenden in eastern Switzerland.

Police said five people were seriously injured and six slightly hurt in the accident.

Scores of passengers on the carriages that managed to remain upright were evacuated to safety and could be seen at the side of the tracks, walking to the nearby town of Tiefencastel.

Several were treated for shock by paramedics.

"Part of the train was derailed by a landslide," a spokesman forRhaetische Bahnsaid, adding that he was unable to give further details immediately.

The train was travelling from the mountain resort of St Moritz to Churwhen it was caught in the landslide betweenTiefencastel and Solis, southeast of Zurich, at around 11.45am UK time.

Terrified passengers described moving to the rear of a carriage to stop it crashing over the edge.

One told news website 20 Minuten: "We all rushed to the back of the carriage to put all of our weight there, so that it didn't tip into the abyss."

Another eyewitness, who was travelling with his wife and granddaughter to Basel, told Swiss website Blick.ch they were sitting behind one of the carriages that plunged into the ravine.

"There was an announcement that we should move into the rear car," he said.

Afterwards, all of those on board the train were told to get off it.

"We had to walk about a kilometre ... through a tunnel. The luggage is still on the train," he added.

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