Friday, 06. December 2013 - 12:12
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By Olivia Michaud
Reports are coming in of a "significant number of people" injured after two regional trains collided at rush-hour in the Penzing area of Vienna this morning (Monday).
Numerous ambulances were spotted heading to the scene but there was no immediate confirmation of how many or the level of injuries.
Passengers had to be rescued via windows by firemen using ladders to get inside and free them from wreckage.
Only last week there were reports that the route between Penzing and Westbahnhof which includes the S45 route where the accident happened was overburdened with too much traffic. It is the final route into the city for much of the traffic from western Europe, and commuter groups complained about having to disembark at Hutteldorf on the city outskirts.
Many trains, including the city line or Schnellbahn (S-bahn), are currently not moving and hundreds of people are stuck on their way to work. The S45 line between Hutteldorf and Gersthof is closed, as is the connection between Westbahnhof and Hütteldorf.
There was confusion when the crisis-management team of the railway company (ÖBB) said that there would be train delays but didn't advise changing to the U4 line between Heiligenstadt and Hutteldorf.
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