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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.

ACCIDENT

Five dead after climbing accident in Austrian Alps

Five people were killed and a sixth seriously injured after a climbing accident Sunday morning in the Austrian Alps, rescue services said.

Five dead after climbing accident in Austrian Alps
File photo: Zdenka1967/Depositphotos

The cause of the accident, which occurred below the Mannlkarscharte pass near Zell-am-See, about 80 kilometres south of the central city of Salzburg, has not yet been determined.

“We think a rope may have come loose,” said Anton Voithofer, head of the Red Cross rescue team.

Five helicopters were sent to the scene, and the injured climber was transported to a hospital in Schwarzach.

The victims have not yet been identified.

It was the deadliest climbing accident so far this season in the Austrian Alps, where several dozen mountaineering deaths are reported each summer.

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