Heavy Snow Hits Austria, Shuts Down Key Rail Line


Salon Staff
January 7, 2012 5:54PM (UTC)

VIENNA (AP) — A major east-west railway route in Austria has been shut down following heavy snow in Tyrol, a popular Alpine skiing region.

Railway operator OeBB said the line between Oetztal and Bludenz — part of a route that connects Vienna and Innsbruck with Austria's western tip and Switzerland — was expected to remain closed until Sunday afternoon.

Advertisement:

Two other rail lines connecting Tyrol province with southern Germany also were shut down. Overhead wires have been damaged by falling trees.

Heavy snow has blanketed Tyrol over recent days, leading to several road closures and an elevated risk of avalanches.


Salon Staff

MORE FROM Salon Staff

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••


Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •