Tiefencastel derailment

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Tiefencastel derailment
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The derailed carriages.
Date13 August 2014
12:30 CEST
Location Tiefencastel, Graubünden
Line Albula Railway
Operator Rhaetian Railway
Incident typeDerailment
CauseLandslide struck train
Passengers140 [1]
Injured11 (5 serious) [1]

The Tiefencastel derailment occurred near the municipality of Tiefencastel, Switzerland, on 13 August 2014 when a passenger train travelling on the Albula Railway was struck by a landslide and derailed. Eleven people were injured, five seriously.



The train was hauled by this Ge 4-4 locomotive. Ge 4-4 III 651.jpg
The train was hauled by this Ge 4-4 locomotive.

At 12:30 CEST (10:30 UTC) on 13 August 2014, [2] a Rhaetian Railway passenger train on the Albula Railway was struck by a landslide and derailed. The train was travelling from St. Moritz to Chur. [3] Of the seven-coach train, one carriage was left almost at right angles to the track down an embankment, and two others were derailed. [4] [5] Trees prevented the carriage from ending up in the Albula. [3] Eleven people were injured, five seriously. There were 140 passengers on the train. Two of the injured were Japanese and one was an Australian. [6] The other eight victims were Swiss. [7] In one of the derailed carriages, passengers moved to one side of the carriage in a bid to prevent it from plunging into a ravine. [8] The train was hauled by Ge 4/4 III-class locomotive No. 651. [3]

Four helicopters and eight ambulances assisted in the rescue operations. All the passengers had been evacuated within three hours of the accident. [3] They were taken to Chur by bus to continue their journey by train. [6] In a twelve-hour period before the accident, rainfall was recorded at a 50-60 litres per square metre, about half the average rainfall for the month of August in the area, according to a statement by MeteoSwiss. [3] The railway reopened on 16 August. On that date, six people remained in hospital with injuries described as "non life threatening". [5]


The Swiss Accident Investigation Board has opened an investigation into the accident. [2] A separate investigation was opened by the Canton of Graubünden. [5]

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