Monday, September 5, 2011

Passenger train derails in Hedmark, Norway - 5th Sept 2011

A passenger train heading from the historic mining town of Røros to Hamar derailed Monday morning, not far from the scene of a fatal train accident on the same line in Hedmark County 11 years ago. This time, though, passengers escaped death, and injuries were believed to be relatively minor.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that emergency crews had to chop down trees to get to the scene of the accident, which occurred just before 7am between Koppang and Rena in the valley of Østerdalen.

Fractures, neck and back injuries
There were 31 people on board the three-car train, including passengers and crew. Rescue workers said seven were injured and suffering from fractures, neck and back pain. An air ambulance was sent to the scene near Opphus and the injured were being taken to hospital in Elverum. Operations leader Wenche Gusjås told NRK that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The location of the accident meant it took time for police to reach the site, but “all available resources” were being put into the rescue efforts, according to a press release from the police.

Railway NSB was also awaiting more details of the derailment and said it was too early to establish its cause. Gusjås, however, told NRK that heavy rain in the area had washed away the ground under the rails. “The train is lying on its side,” she told NRK. Read More