At least four dead and dozens injured after a train with ‘many’ school children derailed in the German Alps today.
The train was heading north from the Alps to Munich at around 12:15 p.m. when several wagons rolled off the rails and overturned in Burgrain, near the seaside town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Four people were killed and 60 others were injured, including at least 16 in serious condition, police said.
According to the local newspaper Bild, which went on holiday after the last lessons today, ‘many school children’ would have been on the train.
At least four dead and dozens injured, 16 seriously, after a train derailed in the German Alps
Train crash survivors scramble to safety after at least four wagons derailed and rolled off a grass bank
At least 60 people were injured in the accident, 16 of them in ‘serious’ condition, police said (photo, rescue teams help to evacuate an injured person on a stretcher)
The train was en route from southern Germany to Munich when it got off the train at around 3:30 PM, causing four of the wagons to roll over
‘Many school children’ would be on board the train, on their way to vacation after a last day of class today
‘All age groups’ are among those injured, police told local news site BR24where ‘people are pulled through windows’ are brought to safety.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on the train at the time of the accident and what the cause of the accident was.
In addition to dozens of ambulances, fire engines, cranes and other rescue vehicles, six rescue helicopters arrived on the scene.
The line between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberau, north of the accident site, has been closed during rescue efforts.
Photos on social media showed carriages of a regional double-decker train stuck between tree branches and rolling off an embankment, as well as people being carried away on stretchers and standing on the rails.
According to the police, a major rescue operation was still underway and the railway was currently completely closed.
Regional trains have seen higher passenger numbers since June 1, when a ticket for travel throughout Germany went into effect.
A train carriage is on its side and a different state of the rails after an accident in southern Germany on Friday
Six helicopters have been dispatched to the scene, along with dozens of ambulances, fire trucks, at least one crane and other rescue equipment
People of ‘all ages’ are among those killed in the crash, police said, in which people were ‘pulled through the windows’ to get to safety (pictured)
At least four train carriages overturned as they left the track and slid off a bank, although it is not clear exactly what caused them to derail
Dozens of fire trucks, a crane and ambulances fill the road next to the accident site as a major rescue operation unfolds
The accident happened just north of the seaside town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the German Alps on Friday
The popular mountain resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and surrounding regions is gearing up to host the G7 Summit of World Leaders later this month.
From June 26-28, heads of state and government, including US President Joe Biden, will meet at Schloss Elmau – about 11 kilometers (seven miles) from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Police and soldiers who had been deployed to prepare and secure the summit site have also now been diverted to assist in the rescue operation.
According to media reports, three helicopters from the Austrian region of Tyrol rushed to the scene to provide first aid.
The deadliest rail accident in Germany occurred in 1998 when a high-speed train operated by the state-owned Deutsche Bahn derailed in Eschede in Lower Saxony, killing 101 people.
The most recent fatal crash occurred on February 14, 2022, when one person was killed and 14 others injured in a collision between two local trains near Munich.
In 2017, 41 people were injured in a collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train near the western city of Düsseldorf.
Fire trucks, a crane and other emergency vehicles sit next to the wreckage of a train derailed in Germany today
Rescuers search overturned carriages for survivors and victims after a train derailed in the German Alps today
It is not clear exactly how the crash happened, or exactly how many people were on the train when it derailed