At Least 8 Dead, More Than 100 Injured After Two Trains Collide in Germany

At least eight people are dead and more than 100 are injured after two trains collided head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, according to police.

The regional trains apparently collided around 7 a.m. local time near Bad Aibling in Bavaria, with one or both of the trains reportedly derailing; some train wagons overturned, leading to at least 50 severe injuries among the casualties, the Associated Press reported.

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Rescue personnel stand in front of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people have been killed and dozens were injured. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Train company Meridian described the incident as a “terrible accident,” which unfolded on a single rail line between the towns of Rosenheim and Holzkirchen.

“The current number of dead and injured is a snapshot,” federal police spokesman Stefan Brandl told media. “This can and will still change.”

When asked about the cause of the crash, he said, “We’re still in the middle of the rescue operations, it’s too early to talk about possible reasons for the crash now.”

Rescue personnel wait in boats to carry injured people across at the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people have been killed and dozens were injured. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Rescue personnel wait in boats to carry injured people across at the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people have been killed and dozens were injured. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

German Federal Police spokesman Matthias Knott told the Associated Press that the accident unfolded “in an inaccessible region.”

“Given the severity of the accident, we believe the two regional trains collided head-on at a low speed,” said Rainer Scharf with the Bavarian police.

 

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