A train accident with several victims occurred in Bavaria, Germany

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At least four people have been killed and 15 severely injured from 30 hurt in accident when a passenger train derailed in alpine southern Germany, near the municipality of Burgrain, north of the Bavarian ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Friday. Three carriages came off the tracks. Officials said that people had been “pulled through the windows”. Hundreds people including several school students – as local schools had closed for the weekend – had been on board at the time of the crash. The train was Munich bound. Six helicopters, including three scrambled from the Austrian region of Tyrol, were sent to the scene to assist in rescue efforts. Germany’s transport minister, Volker Wissing, spoke of a “catastrophe”, the full extent of which he said was yet to be understood. Prosecutors and police have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Part of the route between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been blocked off and traffic has been diverted. It was estimated that removing the overturned wagons would “certainly take a few days.” A police spokesperson said the train tracks and neighboring highway may have to remain closed into the weekend. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was shocked by the news and images of the accident. The Alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen lies near the border with Austria and is a popular destination for hikers in summer. The region is set to host the G7 summit of world leaders later this month.The country’s most recent fatal crash took place in February, when one person was killed and 14 others were injured in a collision between two trains near Munich.