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35 injured as trains collide in southern Germany

35 injured as trains collide in southern Germany

Collision between passenger train carrying 250 people from Austria and freight carrier leaves four people in serious condition

Police investigates the accident site on August 2, 2014 after a passenger train collided with a cargo train near Mannheim's train station. 35 injured as trains collide in southern Germany
Police investigate the accident site after a passenger train collided with a cargo train near Mannheim's train station.  Photo: Getty AFP

9:31AM BST 02 Aug 2014

 

Thirty-five people were injured, four of them seriously, when a passenger train collided with a freight train late on Friday near Mannheim station in southern Germany, the operator Deutsche Bahn said.

The accident happened around 9:00pm (1900 GMT|) and led to the derailment of five carriages of the passenger train, which was taking some 250 people between Graz in Austria and the German city of Saarbrueken near the French border.

Deutsche Bahn said 14 of the 35 people injured had been admitted to hospital, including four in serious condition.

Earlier in the evening the rail company said that the evacuation of the train had been completed but that Mannheim station remained closed.

The goods train involved in the crash belonged to the ERS Railways group and was travelling to Hungary.

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