Train driver's body found after crash in Switzerland

  • Authorities say the train driver who survived may have left the station too soon
  • The body of one of the train drivers has been removed from his crushed cab, police say
  • The head-on collision of two commuter trains in western Switzerland happened Monday
  • The trains were on a route between Payerne and Lausanne, an official says

By Laura Smith-Spark

The body of the driver of one of two commuter trains that collided head-on in western Switzerland has been found in his crushed cab, Swiss police said Tuesday.

The crash Monday evening also injured 26 of the 46 passengers on the two trains, who were taken to local hospitals for treatment, police in the Vaud canton said in a news release.

The other 20 had either minor injuries or were unharmed and did not need hospital care, Swiss Federal Railways spokesman Reto Schaerli told CNN.

The train driver who survived, age 54, was injured and is in hospital, Schaerli said.

The collision happened just outside the village of Granges-pres-Marnand, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) south of Payerne.

Authorities are investigating what caused the crash, but the cause remains unconfirmed.

The latest details were given in a news conference Tuesday by the Vaud police and senior Swiss railways officials.

At this early stage, police believe that the train driver who survived was supposed to have waited at the train station in Granges-pres-Marnand until the other train had passed, but did not, Schaerli said.

It is not yet clear whether there were any technical or safety failures, he said.

The trains were traveling between Payerne and Lausanne, a city on the shores of Lake Geneva, when they collided. No foreigners were on the trains, according to police.

Firefighters had to use a large crane to separate the crumpled trains and access the cab where the 24-year-old driver's body was found early Tuesday, police said.

The local government sent its condolences to the driver's family.

"For (Swiss Federal Railways,) this is a very sad day and we regret the loss of one of our colleagues as well as those who were injured," the rail company said.

The line between Lausanne and Payerne will remain closed Tuesday, police said.

CNN's Susannah Palk and Stefan Simons contributed to this report.

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