GENEVA (Kyodo) Relatives of a Japanese woman killed in a train accident in Switzerland viewed her corpse Sunday in Geneva, where it had been transported from the site of the accident in the alpine canton of Valais.
According to ANA Sales Co., which organized the sightseeing tour the 64-year-old woman from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, had been on, her body was viewed by her sons, who live in the United States and Kyoto Prefecture. Her brothers, daughter-in-law and grandchild likewise arrived in Geneva.
Her husband, who is in a hospital in Geneva after being injured in Friday’s accident, is in stable condition and is expected to return to Japan in a week or so, a company employee said. He has been informed about his wife’s death, the employee added.
Relatives of two Japanese women who remain in critical condition, a 71-year-old from Yokohama in a hospital in Lausanne and a 62-year-old Chiba Prefecture resident hospitalized in Sion, have arrived to be with their loved ones.
The two women were also on alpine sightseeing tours with their husbands.
On Friday, the last three cars of the popular Glacier Express derailed in Valais, killing the Japanese woman and injuring around 40 people, mostly Japanese tourists. Two of the three derailed cars overturned.
There were 77 Japanese — 74 tourists, many middle-aged and older, and three travel guides — on the train when it derailed at 11:50 a.m. between the towns of Fiesch and Lax. Police have said approximately 210 people were aboard.
Glacier Express services resumed Sunday morning after repairs were completed, with the three derailed cars removed from the accident site for an investigation.
Swiss transport authorities have said there are no problems with the operation of the express.
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, operator of the rail service, plans to offer condolences to the relatives of the Japanese woman who died. At a news conference Saturday, Hans-Rudolf Mooser, president of the company, said the victims would be compensated.
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