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Train crash in Germany kills at least eight, injures scores

Matthias Schrader and Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016

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Two trains crashed head-on in southern Germany early Tuesday, leaving at least eight people dead and injuring 150, authorities said.

German police said all survivors have now been rescued from the wreckage and taken to hospitals for treatment.

Federal police spokesman Rainer Scharf told The Associated Press from the scene that crews were still trying to remove one body from one of the two trains involved in the head-on collision.

Two regional trains crashed near Bad Aibling, in Bavaria before 7 a.m. and that several wagons overturned, police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The Associated Press.

TV footage showed emergency helicopters and ambulances lined up in an area near the crash scene waiting to transport the most severely injured to hospitals.

Sonntag 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.

“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 from Austria were also involved.

A spokesman for German federal police in Bavaria, Matthias Knott, said that the region was very inaccessible and made rescue efforts more difficult. The crash took place near the river Mangfall in a densely wooded and hilly region.

Water police helped in the rescue efforts as well, dpa reported, taking injured from the trains across the river to waiting ambulances. The injured were taking to hospitals all over southern Bavaria.

Dpa quoted Bernd Rosenbusch, the head of the Bayerische Oberlandbahn, which runs the trains, as saying, “this is a huge shock – we are doing everything to help the passengers, relatives and employees.”

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