Switzerland-Italy rail link reopens after crash

A key rail link between Switzerland and Italy reopened on Thursday evening after a collision between two freight trains put it out of commission for most of the day.

This content was published on January 28, 2010

The line was back in operation at around 8:00pm, authorities said.

The head-on collision, which happened between Brig and Iselle di Trasquera, occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning, close to the Simplon Tunnel beneath the Alps.

A 1,280-ton train travelling at around five km/h ran directly into a 790-ton train travelling at 30 km/h. Authorities estimated the damage at around SFr5 million ($4.75 million).

Nobody was injured in the crash but all connections between Brig and the Italian city of Domodossola were interrupted. and agencies

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