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Train Collision in Central Switzerland Injures 27

A train collision on Monday morning in the central Swiss town of Andermatt injured 30 people. Police and rescue workers are at the scene.

The cantonal police (Andermatt is in the Uri canton of central Switzerland) confirmed that the accident took place around 11.30am.
Police have confirmed that the number of injuries was thirty, and that medical personnel are at the scene. There were no fatalities.

The road between Göschenen and Andermatt, near the north entrance to the Gotthard tunnel, is currently closed, to allow rescue staff better access.

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According to the Swiss News Agency, the train was operated by the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn, also known for operating the Glacier Express to Zermatt in the southern Swiss Alps.

The head of the train, which consisted of one locomotive and five carriages and which was transporting 100 people, was changing tracks in the main station of Andermatt when the accident occurred.
The police have opened a hotline, available at 041 874 53 70, for those seeking emergency contact.

Andermatt, a historic ski town near the crossroads of several Swiss cantons, has been the site of extensive touristic development in recent years, notably driven by the Egyptian billionaire developer Samih Sawiris.

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