Germany: Head-On Collision Kills 9, Injures 90

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A head-on collision between two trains have left at least nine people dead and 18 seriously injured. The accident, which occurred at 6.48 local time near Bad Aibling, a town 60km south-east of Munich, led to the partial derailment of both trains from the single track line. The trains were operated by Bayerische Oberlandbahn.

A Press statement from Bayerische Oberlandbahn said that:

“Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH is deeply shocked by the serious train accident near Bad Aibling and wishes to extend its sympathies to everyone affected.”

CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Dr Rüdiger Grube, said:

‘We are deeply dismayed by this accident. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and their relatives. I have already expressed my sadness to Bayerische Oberlandbahn. We will naturally support the investigating authorities in determining the cause of the accident. I wish to thank the rescue workers and all the helpers at the scene for their hard and difficult work.’

Bavaria’s Minister-President Horst Seehofer said:

“My thoughts are with the victims of this terrible disaster and with their relatives, for whom I express my deepest sympathy. This is a tragedy for our state that fills us with grief and horror.”

Fortunately it is a school holiday and so there are not thought to have been any children onboard. Both drivers of the trains and two train guards are among those killed. Emergency services were flown in by helicopter to assist with the rescue efforts. All survivors were

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