40 Injured in Dusseldorf Train Crash


Police said that at least forty people have been hurt in a train crash that happened close to the west German city of Dusseldorf after a freight and passenger train collided.

Authorities said that the accident happened near the train station of the town of Meerbusch.

Initial reports revealed that the number of people injured were fifty, a number that was later reduced.

According to the local fire department, the 41 people that were injured include minor and serious injuries, although none are disclosed to be life-threatening.

Emergency crews responded to the scene assisting to unload people from the passenger train.

A photo that was posted by the Meerbusch fire department revealed that the passenger train was partially derailed but was still upright.

In a series of posts in Twitter, the local fire service verified that five people were injured with “up to 150 people” stuck inside the train.

The department said that a hanging cable was hampering the rescue efforts.

The accident happened on the line between Neuss and Meerbusch-Osterath, both suburbs in the west of Dusseldorf, at about 7.30pm local time (8.30pm GMT).

Federal Police earlier said that up to fifty people were injured in the incident, while Deutsche Bahn (DB), a state-run German rail company, gave the number as twenty.

In a statement, the company said: “DB and the competent authorities as well as emergency services are on the spot to provide quick help for the victims and to clarify the situation.”