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SWITZERLAND — Two commuter trains collided head-on Monday evening in western Switzerland, injuring dozens, a railway spokesman said.

One locomotive’s engineer was missing after the crash, Swiss Federal Railways spokesman Reto Schaerli told CNN.

At least 40 people were injured, including five seriously, said Schaerli, who was receiving details about the crash from local police.

The collision happened in the village of Granges-près-Marnand, about 8 kilometers south of Payerne, at about 6:50 p.m. local time.

“At the moment, we don’t have any … information how this collision happened,” Schaerli said.

The trains were on a route between Payerne and Lausanne, a city on the shores of Lake Geneva, Schaerli said.

The crash will interrupt train service between Payerne and Moudon — a city near the line’s halfway point — until at least midnight, Schaerli said.

Emergency personnel were at the crash site, many brought in from surrounding communities, he said.

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