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GENEVA (Kyodo) Thirteen people, including 12 Japanese, are still hospitalized, two in critical condition, following a tourist train accident in southeastern Switzerland, local health authorities said Monday.

Swiss police said the conductor aboard the Glacier Express noted rail deformities before Friday’s derailment, which killed a 64-year-old woman identified by All Nippon Airways Co. as Yasuko Kunimoto of Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture.

But the police said there are still no solid leads on what caused the accident in the alpine canton of Valais, the worst involving the Glacier Express since the rail service started in 1930.

The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

Some 210 passengers were on board the train, including 74 Japanese and three travel guides. Forty people were injured.

Of those hospitalized, a 71-year-old woman from Yokohama and a 62-year-old woman from Chiba Prefecture are still in critical condition, “but their situation is improving,” a local health official said.

Six relatives of Kunimoto viewed her corpse in Geneva on Sunday.

Her husband, who was injured in the accident and is in the hospital in Geneva, is in stable condition and is expected to return to Japan in around a week, according to officials at ANA Sales Co., an ANA group travel agency that operated the tour the couple were on.

The Glacier Express resumed services Sunday morning.

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