Tuesday, 21. May 2013 - 20:05
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Eleven people were injured after two train wagons on an ÖBB train derailed on a stretch of track near Liezen in Styria.
In total 210 people were travelling on the fast intercity ÖBB train between Salzburg and Graz when a storm broke out as the train approached St Lorenzen. Part of an embankment collapsed onto the tracks as a result of torrential rain, sending debris onto the rails as the train approached it at 140 kmh.
The driver slammed on the emergency brakes but could not stop in time and drove over the slippy, muddy rocky surface.
The driver's cabin and two wagons derailed, but luckily did not tip over.
In total 11 people were injured and all 210 passengers were evacuated from the train to safety.
The injured passengers were taken to hospitals in Rottenmann and Kalwang.
ÖBB spokesperson Christoph Posch said: "The damage goes into the hundreds of thousands of Euros. The wagons and the tracks were damaged.
"There has been problems in the past with embankments collapsing near the tracks but we have never had one of our trains derail like this before resulting in passenger injuries.
The tracks were closed while the area is cleaned up and secured.
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