Train Crash Kills One, Injures Ten in Austria

KABUL: (Middle East Press) One was killed and up to ten others were wounded after two local trains have been crashed in southern Austria.

The accident took place around 10:20 am near the train station of the village of Waldstein, some 20 miles from north of the southern Austrian city of Graz on Wednesday, according to reports.

Helmut Wittmann, chairman of local train operator, Steiermärkische Landesbahnen, said the crash apparently occurred after one of the two trains failed to observe a stop signal, resulting in the death of one of the train drivers.

Ten people were seriously injured in Wednesday’s accident, a fire brigade spokesman, whose name was not mentioned in reports, told AFP, adding, “The damage is considerable so we think the trains were travelling at average speed for this stretch of track. We assume though that the brakes were applied.”

Meanwhile, the Kleine Zeitung newspaper reported that one of the trains may have left the station without waiting for the other coming in the opposite direction to pass.


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