Three dead and 16 seriously injured after a train derailed in southern Germany

Three people have been killed and 16 seriously injured after a regional train derailed in southern Germany, police and local officials said.

Key points:

  • On board the train were several students from the school
  • A major emergency services operation continued
  • The railway line was closed due to derailment

A police spokesman, who had no details about the fatalities, said the train to Munich was quite crowded at the time of the accident north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a Bavarian ski resort that it is also popular with hikers.

A total of 60 people were injured in the crash, a spokesman for the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district office said.

There were several students from the school on board the train, according to German media.

The images showed wagons of a two-story regional train stuck between tree branches and rolling down an embankment.

Police said there was still a major operation by emergency services and the railway line was currently closed.

Regional trains have increased in number of passengers since June 1, when a ticket came into force allowing them to travel throughout Germany.


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