Germany: 250-tonne crane deployed to right overturned train

Germany: 250-tonne crane deployed to right overturned train
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German rescue services were busy preparing a 250-tonne crane on Sunday morning to right the locomotive of a train derailed in the south of Germany, Belga News Agency reports.

The manoeuvre should also permit the removal of a carriage that landed on a highway close to the railroad, a police spokesperson said.

Five persons died and 44 were injured in the accident, which occurred just after midday on Friday, as students were returning to their homes in the southern German regions of Baden Wurtemburg and Bavaria ahead of the Pentecost holidays.

Four of the deceased are women, while emergency operations had to be performed on a number of seriously injured children.

According to the police, the regional train was full, with about 140 persons on board. It had just left the well-known mountain station of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bound for the Bavarian regional capital of Munich, when the accident occurred in the Burgrain area.

The cause of the train’s derailment was not immediately known. Railway experts suspect it could have been a technical problem, according to Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter.

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