- In the Winterthur area between Schottikon and Elgg there was an accident between a car and two trains late on Monday evening.
- The 41-year-old driver was seriously injured.
- The passengers on the two trains were unharmed and were brought to safety.
- The re are delays, train cancellations and diversions on the route between Zurich main station and St. Gallen. According to SBB, the duration of the disruption is indefinite.
In long-distance traffic, the trains between Zurich and Wil are canceled. Because the space in the replacement buses is limited, SBB advises against traveling between Winterthur and Wil during rush hour.
For reasons that have not yet been clarified, a car driver got onto the railroad tracks at a point without a level crossing on Monday evening. This was confirmed by Ralph Hirt, the spokesman for the Zurich canton police.
The vehicle got between two trains that were traveling in opposite directions. The re was only around 80 centimeters of space between the two trains. The car was completely destroyed, the fire brigade had to rescue the woman from the car.
An Interregio from St. Gallen and an Intercity from Zurich were affected by the collision. Upon impact, the first car or the axle jumped out of the tracks. The collision caused considerable damage to the trains and the road.
That night, the SBB started to put the trains back on track and repair the track. Due to the necessary work, the route remains closed. How long the interruption will last cannot be said yet, said an SBB spokeswoman.
According to Hirt, forensic evidence is at work. The police were in the night to clear the scene of the accident. The east-west axis between Zurich and St. Gallen is one of the most heavily traveled connections in Swiss rail traffic.