Friday, 23 February, 2018

Germany: 47 injured after passenger train collides with freight train

50 injured after passenger train hits freight train in Germany Germany train crash 'leaves 50 injured' after passenger and freight trains collide in Meerbusch
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 09:21

Several people were injured in a train crash on Tuesday near the German city of Duesseldorf, fire department and police spokesmen said.

The train was carrying 155 people. Meerbusch is in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state.

A passenger train and freight train collided on the track near a train station in the town of Meerbusch, 15 minutes outside of Dusseldorf, at about 6am AEDT.

Access to the crash site had been made hard due to broken power cables with a risk of an electric shock.

Both trains were still standing upright on the tracks.

Federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said via social media website that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was following the situation after the train crash in Meerbusch.

The country's deadliest train accident happened in 1998 when a high speed train derailed in Eschede in Lower Saxony, killing 101 people.