Norway postpones train testing after derailment

Feb 15, 2012, 3:14 PM

OSLO, Norway (AP) – Norway’s state railroads says it has suspended testing of a new Swiss-made train after five people were injured when it derailed and slammed into a mountainside during a test run.

Norwegian State Railways spokesman Haakon Myhre says five people _ three Norwegians, one Swiss and one Finn _ were on the board when it went off the tracks some 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Oslo.

Myhre said officials have decided to postpone testing the FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) until the cause of Wednesday’s accident has been established.

In 2009, NSB railways bought 50 train sets from Switzerland’s Stadler Rail AG. The first 10 sets were delivered in 2011, and the trains were scheduled to start rolling out later this month.

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