Train derails in German Alps leaving multiple people dead

Three people dead and multiple others injured after train derails near German ski resort

  • Train derailed at 12.15pm near German Alps resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Three carriages overturned leaving at least three people dead, police have said 
  • 60 more have been injured with at least 16 in serious condition, local media say
  • ‘Many students’ going on holiday after last day of school said to be involved 

At least three people are dead after a train derailed near an Alpine ski resort in southern Germany today. 

The train was heading north from the German Alps to Munich around 12.15pm when several carriages rolled off the tracks at Burgrain, near the resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Three people have been killed while dozens more are hurt including 16 in a serious condition, according to local media.

‘All age groups’ are among the injured, police told local news site BR24, with ‘people being pulled through windows’ to safety.

‘Many students’ are thought to have been on the train, according to Bild, making a getaway following the final day of classes before the holidays. 

It was not immediately clear exactly how many people were on the train at the time of the crash or what caused the crash to happen.

Six rescue helicopters have been scrambled to the scene in addition to dozens of ambulances, fire engines, cranes, and other rescue vehicles.

The line between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberau, north of the accident site, has been closed while the rescue is carried out.


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