Two passenger trains crashed in southern Germany Tuesday, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 100 — a third of them seriously. The accident in Bavaria happened shortly before 7 a.m., local time.
Rescue and salvage crews are still working at the site of the crash near the town of Bad Aibling, roughly 40 miles southeast of Munich. They’re also trying to figure out what caused the deadly collision. The trains’ drivers and conductors are believed to be among the dead, according to local broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.
NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports:
“The head-on crash occurred during the morning rush hour on a remote stretch of track in Bavaria. Rescue workers struggled to get to trapped passengers in the gnarled wreckage on the mountainside. “Investigators are unclear how the crash could have happened given safety measures are supposed to prevent trains moving in opposite directions from traveling on the same track.”
Some of the cars derailed during the crash, which happened in a wooded area alongside the Mangfall River.
“The accident was a huge shock to us,” Bernd Rosenbusch, managing director of Bavarian Oberland Bahn GmbH, the parent company to regional train service Meridian.