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  • 10 January 2013, 10:50

Two Trains Collide In Northern Switzerland

At least 17 people have been hurt after two trains collided at a station in northern Switzerland.

The two trains, one travelling from Winterthur and the other from Schaffhausen, crashed near the station of Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall, not far from the German border, at around 7:30 am (6.30am UK time).

Police spokeswoman Anja Schudel said 17 people had been injured and some of them had been taken to hospital while others were treated on the scene and allowed to go. Everybody had been evacuated from the trains, she said.

One train rammed into the side of another one at the Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall train station near the German border at around 7:30 am (6.30am UK time).

The locomotive of one of the trains had derailed when it was hit by the regional train from Schaffhausen.

A rescue train was sent in to help put it back on the track, and was also carrying rescue personnel to help with any injuries.

"The train hit the emergency breaks and everyone was thrown out of their seats," one of the passengers told the website.

"One person was bleeding heavily from the head," he added.

Another passenger told the online paper that he had seen "an old lady lying unconscious on the ground who was bleeding a lot."