Some 100 Hurt as Two Trains Crash Head-On in Southern Germany
About 100 people were hurt, more than 20 of them seriously, when two passenger trains collided head-on Thursday in southern Germany, police said.
At least seven people were in critical condition after the crash at Enzisweiler near Lindau in Bavaria, police said. The seven included the drivers of both trains.
Police said about 20 more people were seriously injured and that around 70 suffered slight injuries.
Both of the local trains were full at the time.
A major rescue operation was underway as police sealed off the wooded area at the scene of the crash.
The accident happened about 7:30 am (0530 GMT) on a single-track line between Wasserburg and Lindau on the shore of Lake Constance not far from the border with Austria.
Many of the passengers on board the trains were school pupils or students aged 10 to 20. Others were commuters going to work.
Police said rescuers needed special equipment to cut the injured free from the crushed wagons which telescoped one into the other.
Tents were set up to give first aid to the injured at the scene and helicopters were used to ferry the casualties to hospital.
One train was travelling from Lindau to Friedrichshafen, while the other was going in the opposite direction. It was not immediately known how the crash had occurred -- LINDAU, Germany (AFP)