Dozens Injured As Trains Collide Near Germany's Mannheim
Dozens of people were reported injured as a passenger train collided with a freight train on Friday night near the city of Mannheim in the southwest of Germany.
According to local police reports, the accident happened at around 9:00 p.m. local time on Friday. A freight train ran into a passenger train at the central railway station in Mannheim.
The two tipped-over cars of the Eurocity speed train en route from Austria’s Graz to Germany’s Saarbruecken on border with France carried a total of 110 passengers at the time of the accident, Itar-Tass informed.
At least forty people were injured in the accident while five were suffered serious injuries, according to a spokesman for Mannheim's fire department, cited by Deutsche Welle. According to the officials, the accident likely would have been worse, had the trains not been traveling at a slow speed due to their proximity to the central station.
The cause for the accident was not immediately known. Mannheim's central station was closed after the accident.
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