Tourists injured in train crash near Machu Picchu

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In the south of Peru, near the inca city of Machu Picchu Tuesday two toeristentreinen impact.

According to the ministry of Health there were at least 35 wounded, among whom were Americans, South Koreans, a Chileen and a Frenchman. Two victims, both of them foreign tourists, are in a critical condition.

The collision happened around 10 a.m. local time (17 pm (Belgian time) on the stretch between the town of Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes, the village closest to Machu Picchu that only by rail. It was going to be two trains of the tourist companies IncaRail and PeruRail.

The circumstances of the accident are still unclear. Local media say protesters, the railway tried to block it with stones and branches, so that the first train had to stop. The second train would then have been run on the stationary train.

Machu Picchu is the most popular tourist attraction of Peru: annually visited by more than 1 million people, the 15th-century city.

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