At least three dead and dozens injured when a train derailed in southern Germany | International | The USA Print


At least three people have died this Friday and several dozen have been injured in a train accident in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, in Upper Bavaria, in southern Germany, the police and authorities of that German state have reported. Among the injured passengers, at least 16 are in serious condition. The convoy was traveling in the direction of Munich, the regional capital, and derailed in Burgrain, 109 kilometers south of that city, at around 12:15 p.m., when several carriages slid down an embankment in an area north of the station. Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski resort.

The spokesman for the South Upper Bavaria Police Headquarters, Stefan Sonntag, quoted by the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, He explained that it is still not clear what exactly happened or how many passengers were in the cars, although he indicated that the train was quite full at the time of the incident. According to a regional newspaper, the Munchener Merkur, Among the passengers were several students, whose ages have not been specified.

Image of the rescue on a stretcher of one of the injured in the train derailment in the State of Bavaria.
Image of the rescue on a stretcher of one of the injured in the train derailment in the State of Bavaria. MATHIAS HEINE (AFP)

Rescue teams arrived at the accident site after receiving calls from citizens reporting the train derailment. The first slightly injured have already been rescued and transferred to a nearby building, which also houses their families. The police spokesman described the rescue operation as “important” and confirmed that “it is being carried out at this time”. The railway line has been cut.

In the images spread through social networks, at least three wagons of a double-decker regional train can be seen overturned on an embankment that runs alongside the tracks. Other photos show people being evacuated on stretchers or standing on the tracks.

German regional trains have experienced an increase in passengers since this Wednesday, June 1, when a ticket that allows them to travel throughout Germany came into force.

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