50 injured in German train collision

47 people injured in German train collision

50 injured after passenger train hits freight train in Germany

"Three people have moderate injuries and another three people have serious injuries", Meerbusch fire department said in a statement.

Almost 50 commuters were injured after a passenger train carrying 155 people hit a freight train northwest of the city of Düsseldorf Tuesday evening.

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A photo tweeted by the Meerbusch fire service showed the passenger train partially derailed but still upright. Meerbusch is in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state.

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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The National Express driver was freed from his mangled cab by firefighters, the federal police said.

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A German government spokesman said Chancellor Angela Merkel had been briefed on the situation.

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