The Latest: Trains crashed in inaccessible area


BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a train crash in Germany that has caused deaths and injuries (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Federal police spokesman Stefan Brandl says the stretch of line on which the two trains crashed is squeezed between the Mangfall river on one side and a forest on the other, which is making rescue operations very difficult.

He confirmed that four people had died and some 100 were injured, several seriously, but cautioned that the numbers would change. “The current number of dead and injured is a shapshot; this can and will still change.”

Asked about the cause of the crash, Brandl responded, “We’re still in the middle of the rescue operations, it’s too early to talk about possible reasons for the crash now.”

Police called a news conference for noon (1100 GMT).

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10:20 a.m.

The operator of the two trains that crashed, Bayerische Oberlandbahn, says on its website that the trains of the so-called Meridian line both partially derailed and are wedged into each other.

Both the trains’ operator and federal police in Bavaria have activated phone hotlines for family and relatives.

The statement did not address the cause of the crash, and officials decline to comment on it.

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9:50 a.m.

German news agency dpa reports that four people have died in the head-on train crash in Bavaria.

Dpa, citing a federal police official on the scene, says that about 150 people were injured in the crash Tuesday morning between two regional trains near Bad Aibling, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Munich.

A spokesman for German Federal Police in Bavaria, Matthias Knott, told the AP that the crash took place “in an inaccessible region” and that rescue personnel were still in the middle of getting passengers out of the trains.

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9 a.m.

Police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The Associated Press that two regional trains crashed head-on on the single track between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Sonntag said that at least two people had died in the crash, but that the scene of the accident was so confusing that he did not have any specific numbers of injured and dead yet.

“This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene,” Sonntag said.

He said some people were still stuck inside the wreckage of the train and rescue personnel were trying to free them.

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8:55 a.m.

Police say at least two people have died and about 100 have been injured — 10 seriously — in a train crash in southern Germany.

German news agency dpa reported that two regional trains were involved in the crash Tuesday morning near Bad Aibling in Bavaria.

8:45 a.m.

Police say several people have been injured in an early morning train crash in southern Germany.

They say two trains were involved in the crash near Bad Aibling, in Bavaria. It was not immediately clear how many people were injured.

German news agency dpa reported that one train derailed in the crash Tuesday morning, and several wagons overturned.

Dpa reported that eight rescue helicopters were standing on a lawn near the entrance to the town of Bad Aibling and further rescue staff were on the way to the scene of the crash.

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