Ten dead in German train crash

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Ten dead in German train crash

Ten dead in German train crash
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A head-on collision on Saturday between a passenger and a cargo train in eastern Germany has killed ten people and left at least 33 others injured, eight of them seriously.

Several train cars have been derailed or overturned.

Investigators arrived at the scene in Hordof, a small village in the state of Saxony Anhalt, this morning.

The cause of the accident remains unknown.

Police said bad weather initially hampered the rescue efforts.

“The temperature dropped to minus 10 and there was very heavy fog but we have to congratulate the relief workers,” said federal police spokesman Ralph Krueger.

The accident happened 200 kilometres southwest of Berlin.

The passenger train was travelling between Magdeburg and Halberstadt.

Maintenance work had been scheduled on that line during the night.

The private company running that part of the rail network said the passenger train had a capacity of about 100 but it could not say how many were on board at the time of the collision.