Two trains crashed this morning in Upper Bavaria, leaving nine dead and about 180 injured, authorities say.
The head-on crash happened around 6:45AM local time (5:45AM GMT) near the popular spa resort Bad Aibling, 60 km (37 miles) southeast of Munich.
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The two trains crashed on a bend, both driving 100 kph (62 mph). According to Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt, it made it difficult for the drivers to see each other and apply the brakes on time.
About 500 emergency service workers have been working on the site for hours, some by helicopter, to free as many casualties as possible.
It is the most severe train accident in Bavaria since 1975.
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas took to Twitter to comment on the crash: “Really awful news from #badaibling. Our thoughts go to the victims and injured. Thanks to the rescue workers.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a statement, sending his condolences: “The catastrophe, with many injured and sadly also killed, brings grief to Moscow.”
by MARGAUX NADLER