Swiss-made train derailed in Norway

Norway’s state railway company has suspended testing of a new Swiss-made train after five people were injured in an accident on Wednesday.

This content was published on February 15, 2012 - 18:02 and agencies

The train being tested was a FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) made by Swiss-based Stadler Rail AG.

It derailed and crashed into a mountainside some 100km southwest of Oslo. The reason is unclear. Three Norwegians, a Swiss and a Finn were on board.

The railways spokesman said that testing would be postponed until the cause of the crash had been identified. 

In 2009, Norwegian State Railways  bought 50 trains from Stadler Rail. The first ten were delivered in 2011. The trains were scheduled to start rolling out later this month.

Stadler Rail's spokesman said that this was the fifth train set being tested in Norway. The first four FLIRTs successfully travelled thousands of kilometres during their test runs.

In July 2011, Stadler Rail signed a SFr240 million ($260 million) deal to supply 100 diesel-powered drive components in the next three years to trains owned by Russian manufacturer Transmasholding.

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