Germany: 47 injured after passenger train collides with freight train

Andrew Cummings
December 6, 2017

A regional passenger train with approximately 150 people on board collided with a freight train Tuesday evening in the western German city of Meerbusch, located about 10 kilometers northwest of Dusseldorf.

The Meerbusch fire department said access to the train and passengers has been made "difficult by the torn-off contact wire of the overhead contact line, which poses a risk of electric shock to persons outside the train".

Around 50 people have been injured after a passenger train hit a freight train in Germany, local police and fire said.

The incident took place near the Meerbusch-Osterath train station in North-Rhine Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany.

It gave a toll of 20 people injured "according to initial information".

The train was a commuter train run by a subsidiary of the British-owned National Express.

It tweeted a picture showing the train's moderately damaged first carriage, while the other blue-and-white carriages appeared unaffected.

"Our emergency services arrived at the accident site", the Meerbusch Fire Department said via Twitter.

In May, seven people were lightly injured when a regional train derailed in eastern Germany.

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