Dozens injured in train accident in Austria

Up to 40 people were injured, most of them lightly, when two train carriages collided in the Austrian city of Salzburg on Friday, rescuers and the rail company said.

Dozens injured in train accident in Austria
File photo: ÖBB/Philipp Horak

“Shortly before the departure of the train, which links Zurich to Vienna,  two carriages collided for unknown reasons,” fire service official Reinhold Ortler told O1 radio.

A spokesman for Austria's national rail company ÖBB said 35 to 40 people  were injured in the night train accident. 

The Red Cross said most of the wounded had only suffered light injuries.

The train was not moving and the accident occurred as two carriages were  being coupled together.


New night train takes tourists from German beaches to Austrian ski resorts

A new night train is allowing holidaymakers to travel between the North Sea island of Sylt and the Alpine city of Salzburg.

New night train takes tourists from German beaches to Austrian ski resorts
A passenger in the Sylt night train. Photo: DPA
The new night train from Westerland on Sylt to Salzburg in Austria started punctually on Saturday evening for its maiden journey.
The Alpen-Sylt night express run by the railway operator RDC is expected to arrive in Salzburg early on Sunday at noon. On the route, it will make stops in Niebüll, Husum, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Nuremberg and Munich.
According to the company, the booking figures are healthy. For this reason, the Alpen-Sylt Night Express is also scheduled to run throughout the summer and autumn.
Originally the company planned to offer the night trips until September 7th. Now the last arrival on Sylt this year is planned for November 2nd.
It will set off twice a week from the north sea island – on Thursdays and Saturdays. On Fridays and Sundays the train will then travel in the opposite direction from Austria back to the north.
Ample storage room means it is possible to bring surfboards, bicycles and dogs.
There is room in the couchette compartments for the passenger and five accompanying relatives or friends. This season, tickets are only being offered for complete compartments.
Against the background of infection protection, one would “by no means” want six strangers to be together for hours in one compartment, as an RDC spokeswoman explained.
Deutsche Bahn significantly thinned out its night train network in Germany a few years ago. Three years ago, the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) then took over the loss-making DB night train business. ÖBB's night jet operations are to be expanded in stages up to 2026.