Three killed, several injured after train derails in southern Germany: Police

Rescue services and police at the site of a derailed train near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany, on June 3, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
Rescue services and police at the site of a derailed train near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany, on June 3, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
The train derailed near a Bavarian Alpine resort in southern Germany on June 3, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Three people were killed and 16 severely injured when a regional train derailed in southern Germany on Friday (June 3), police and local officials said. 

A police spokesperson, who did not have any details on the fatalities, said the Munich-bound train had been quite full at the time of the crash north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski resort in Bavaria that is also popular with hikers. 

In total, 60 people were hurt in the accident, said a Garmisch-Partenkirchen district office spokesperson. 

There were multiple school students on board the train, the regional Muenchener Merkur newspaper cited local paper the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tagblatt as reporting. 

Pictures on social media showed carriages of a double-decker regional train stuck between tree branches and having rolled down an embankment, as well as people being carried away on stretchers and standing around on the tracks. 

A major emergency services operation was still under way, police said, and the rail line was currently completely closed. 

Regional trains have seen higher passenger numbers since June 1, when a ticket allowing Germany-wide travel came into effect.

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