Austria: train collision results in a fire and traffic restrictions
Two freight trains collided in Fürnitz, Carinthia, in Austria. The collision took place at 4:23 am local time in a station area. Several wagons, as well as part of the rail tracks, caught fire. Luckily, the two train drivers involved in the accident carried only minor injuries and were both taken to the hospital. ÖBB said that the causes of the accident are still unclear.
ÖBB Rail Cargo Group explained that the accident will disrupt freight traffic. “Train traffic to and from Italy is currently only possible to a limited extent. The operation of Villach Süd is expected to be restricted until 25 January 2023, 00:00 hrs. Train traffic to and from Slovenia is currently not affected,” said the company.
According to RCG, the collision of the two trains happened side on. Austrian media mentioned that the fire was caused by approximately 60,000 litres of kerosene that leaked on the tracks. The kerosene was part of the cargo moved by the freight trains. Fortunately, the fire brigade reached the location swiftly. The fire was under control but not fully extinguished by 7:30 am.