GENEVA (Kyodo) Relatives of a Japanese woman killed in a train derailment Friday in Switzerland arrived at Geneva airport on Sunday.
The family members of the 64-year-old woman from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, arrived at Geneva Cointrin International Airport together with relatives of two other Japanese women who remain in critical condition following the accident. The three victims were on sightseeing tours with their husbands.
“I want to meet my (injured) father as early as possible,” the Amagasaki woman’s son said in a statement issued through the Japanese Consulate in Geneva. “Then I want to go to see my mother.”
According to All Nippon Airways Co., 11 relatives of the Japanese victims arrived in Switzerland on Sunday.
On Friday, the last three cars of the popular Glacier Express tourist train derailed in the alpine canton of Valais in southern Switzerland, killing the Hyogo woman and injuring around 40 people, mostly Japanese tourists. Of the three derailed cars, the last two overturned.
In critical condition in a hospital in Sion is a 71-year-old woman from Yokohama, while a 62-year-old woman from Chiba Prefecture is being treated in Lausanne.
The train was carrying some 210 people, 77 of them Japanese, including 74 middle-aged or more elderly tourists, and three travel guides — part of three groups.
The train derailed at 11:50 a.m. Friday between the towns of Fiesch and Lax.
On the following day, Swiss police began an investigation into the derailment of the famed express.
Hans-Rudolf Mooser, president of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, which operates the Glacier Express, said the rails could have been affected by high temperatures recorded in the past few weeks.
Glacier Express services resumed Sunday morning after restoration work was completed, with the three derailed cars removed from the scene to undergo an investigation. Swiss transport authorities have said there are no problems with the operations of the express.
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn plans to offer condolence payments to the relatives of the Japanese woman who died.
At a press conference Saturday, Mooser said condolences would be offered and the victims would be compensated.
The Glacier Express, which because of its cog railway sections has an average speed of only 30 kph, is famed for its stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Its 7.5-hour journey, in cars with specially fitted large windows, begins in Zermatt and crosses the Swiss Alps to the St. Moritz luxury ski resort.
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