Trains collide near Zurich, causing injuries

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Posted: Feb 20, 2015 2:36 AM

ZURICH (Reuters) - Two passenger trains collided in Switzerland on Friday, causing injuries and disrupting commuter routes into Zurich, police and rail operator SBB said.

One of the trains derailed in the accident in Rafz, a small town near the German border around 30 km (18 miles) from Zurich, at 6:45 a.m., Zurich cantonal police said. Five people were injured, one of them seriously, it said.

Newspaper 20 Minuten had earlier cited a member of the emergency services as saying as many as 49 people were thought to have been hurt.

Neither SBB nor the police were immediately available for further comment.

SBB's website showed the rail operator had canceled some rail services and re-routed inter-city trains between Zurich and Stuttgart.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Alison Williams)