Several passengers sustained injuries after two trains collided with each other in Germany's Meerbusch on Tuesday. (Meerbusch fire department) There were approximately 150 on board the passenger train.
Meerbusch firefighters have been rescuing passengers from the damaged train since 9:30 p.m. local time (2030 UTC). "The injured people are gradually being transferred to hospital", the fire department tweeted.
The collision took place near the Meerbusch-Osterath railway station, where the passenger train rammed from behind into the freight train, which parked on the same track.
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Access to the crash site had been made hard due to broken power cables with a risk of an electric shock.
"We were lucky", National Express spokesman Marcel Winter said.
The country's deadliest train accident happened in 1998 when a high speed train derailed in Eschede in Lower Saxony, killing 101 people.