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Train crash kills at least four near German resort

Train derailed near Bavarian Alpine resort in theas Germany on Friday killed at least four people and injured dozens in a region preparing to host the G7 summit in late June.

Several carriages of the local train in red lay on its sides on a grassy area near a highway.

The rescuers stood on the upper side of the carriages, using ladders to climb into the wagons to reach trapped passengers.

“In the serious train crash, such as 3:32 pm (1532 GMT), four people were fatally injured,” police said in a statement.

“About 30 passengers were injured, 15 of them so serious that they had to be admitted to nearby hospitals,” they said, adding that a massive rescue operation was underway.

The accident happened when railway officials were nervously watching whether trains overcrowded over a bank holiday weekend would result in a new nine – euro ($ 10) public transport ticket valid across Germany.

Stefan Sonntag from the Upper Bavarian police force said the regional train was “very crowded with many people using it, so the number of injuries was high”.

School holidays were also starting from Saturday in both the southern German regions of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria, raising fears that children could be included among train passengers. But Sonntag said he was not aware of that.

The train had just left Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich, when the accident happened in the Burgrain area of ​​the resort town, just after noon.

Part of the route between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been blocked and traffic has been diverted, said German railway operator Deutsche Bahn, who has not yet been able to provide the cause of the crash.

– Rescue operation –

The popular Garmisch-Partenkirchen mountain center and surrounding regions have begun preparations to host the G7 world leaders summit later this month.

From June 26-28, the heads of state and government including US President Joe Biden will meet at Schloss Elmau – 11 kilometers (seven miles) from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Police and soldiers who were deployed to prepare and secure the site ahead of the summit are now also enlisted to assist with the rescue operation.

Three helicopters from the Austrian Tyrol region have been deployed to provide first aid, according to media reports.

The deadliest rail accident in Germany occurred in 1998 when a state – owned high – speed train operated by Deutsche Bahn derailed at Eschede in Lower Saxony, killing 101 people.

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The most recent fatal crash occurred on February 14, 2022, when one person was killed and 14 others were injured in a collision between two local trains near Munich.

In 2017, a passenger train and a stationary freight train collided near a western city of Dusseldorf and injured 41 people.

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