Eight killed, 150 hurt in Germany train crash

(Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

BERLIN (AP)- German police say the death toll in the train crash in southern Germany has risen to eight. Police spokesman Stefan Sonntag said 150 people were injured in the Tuesday morning crash, including 50 severely.

The two trains crashed head-on into each other shortly before 7 a.m. on the single line that runs next to the Mangfall river in Bad Aibling, Bavaria.

Injured people are being carried by helicopter and boat from the inaccessible site of a train crash in southern Germany.

Rescue helicopters are carrying people on a rope across the Mangfall river to ambulances waiting on the other side, four hours after the two trains crashed head-on.

German news agency reported that the rail line is used by commuters going to Munich for work. Usually schoolchildren also take the trains, but they are currently on winter vacation.

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.

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 local time.