Sunday, January 30, 2011

Train Collision In Germany Kills 10

A head-on train crash in eastern Germany has killed 10 people and injured at least 33 others, eight of them severely.

A passenger and a cargo train crashed near Hordorf village, close to Saxony-Anhalt's state capital Magdeburg.

Several train cars derailed and overturned, a spokesman for the district's firefighters said.

Rescue operations were still under way early on Sunday, and police had no immediate information as to what could have caused the accident late Saturday evening, regional police spokesman Frank Kuessner said.

Eight bodies have been retrieved from the passenger train so far and some 35 suffered injuries, he said.

Mr Kuessner had no immediate explanation for the differing casualty figures as the rescue operations continue.

"The death toll may well rise further," Mr Kuessner said.

Saxony-Anhalt's Deputy Interior Minister Ruediger Erben, who rushed to the scene last night, said the trains must have crashed head-on at high speed.

The accident happened about 125 miles southwest of Berlin. Source...