QFour people died in the accident of a regional train in the Bavarian Alps, in southern Germany, local police announced on Friday. At least 30 other passengers are injured. Several wagons on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train derailed at Burgrain, causing the death of four people, the Bavarian police said in a statement, adding that “rescue and evacuation operations continued at a steady pace “. Help was also sent from neighboring Austria.
Shortly after leaving the mountain resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, several carriages of the train to Munich, capital of Bavaria, came off the rails at the level of the municipality of Burgrain. The violence of the accident left 4 dead and 30 injured, so 15 had to be transported to hospitals in the region, said the police of Upper Bavaria South.
A local police spokesman, Stefan Sonntag, said on television that the regional train was “very busy and many people used it, hence the high number of injuries. Firefighters, equipped with ladders, rescuers and police walked on the wagons to try to reach the injured and evacuate them. A woman lying on a stretcher was notably evacuated after being extracted through the windows of the train.
Passengers returning from vacation
Several local media mentioned the large influx of students returning home before the Pentecost holidays which begin this Friday in Bavaria. But the police spokesman for Upper Bavaria South was unable to confirm or deny these allegations. Photos published by German media show the partially derailed regional train, wagons lying in a wooded area, in a mountainous region. Victims were taken care of on the spot by doctors. The cause of the accident is not known at this stage.
The accident occurred about ten kilometers from the site where the G7 leaders’ summit will be held at the end of June, scheduled for the 5-star complex of Elmau Castle. It came two days after the entry into force of a monthly pass of 9 euros allowing you to take regional trains throughout Germany, an offer that has won over many Germans.