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Austrian mountain biker killed in Switzerland

A 57-year-old Austrian was killed in an accident while mountain biking in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Austrian mountain biker killed in Switzerland
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The man had the accident while riding in Schlappintal at Klosters, in the canton of Graubünden. He suffered such severe head injuries as a result of a fall that he died at the scene of the accident, according to Swiss police reports.

The biker was with a group of other cyclists on a dirt road heading from Schlappintal down towards Klosters.  On a steep paved stretch near Cünwald he lost control of his bike, and fell heavily onto the road, hitting his head.

Police from Graubünden said the man was wearing a helmet, but were unable to say which part of Austria he came from.

With the growth of mountain biking as a sport in Austria, hospital admissions for bike-related serious injuries have reached a high of 6,500 people per year.

Swiss hospitals have also been kept busy by a series of mountain biking accidents.

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ACCIDENT

One killed, 22 injured in Austrian train collision

Two passenger trains collided Monday in central Austria, killing one person and injuring 22 others, the police told AFP.

One killed, 22 injured in Austrian train collision
Photo: AFP

Police said the accident happened a little before 1 pm (1200 GMT) at Niklasdorf station in Styria province. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

A train company spokesman said the trains involved were a local service and an intercity train from Graz, which is about 40 kilometres (24 miles) from Niklasdorf, to Saarbruecken in Germany.

In December eight people were injured in a train derailment near the capital Vienna.