4 dead, 150 injured during train accident in Germany

Two trains crashed head-on in southern Germany early Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead and around 150 injured, police said. More than two hours after the crash, emergency services were still trying to reach people trapped in the wreckage.

German news agency Dpa, citing a federal police official on the scene, says that about 150 people were injured in the crash Tuesday morning between two regional trains near Bad Aibling, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Munich.

Police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The Associated Press that the two regional trains crashed head-on on the single track between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen shortly before 7 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

A spokesman for German Federal Police in Bavaria, Matthias Knott, said that the crash took place "in an inaccessible region" and that rescue personnel were still in the middle of getting passengers out of the trains.

"This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene," Sonntag said.

Sonntag said several rescue helicopters were also involved.

"We have a lot, a lot of staff on the ground who are all involved in the rescue efforts," he said.

He said that the scene of the accident on the tracks between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen was so confusing that he did not have any specific numbers of injured and dead yet.


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