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Woman dies as sled plunges off cliff

64-year-old killed after falling onto train track in horror Swiss Alps accident

AFP
03:37 January 16, 2018
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Geneva: A 64-year-old woman died in the Swiss Alps Monday after her sled veered off course and plunged off a cliff onto train tracks below, police said.

The woman had been sledding with her husband down the winding Oberalpstrasse sledge route towards Andermatt, in the central canton of Uri, when she missed a turn and fell over a rock face, regional police said in a statement.

She had plunged onto the tracks of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway and suffered fatal injuries, the statement said.

Following the accident, the railway line was closed for around 90 minutes, it added.

Riding on a separate sled, her husband had followed the designated route, the ATS news agency reported.

The Uri police said the cause of the accident was unknown and under investigation.