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Death toll rises to eight after German train crash

Emergency service teams attempt to rescue people caught up in the wreckage. Credit: Reuters

The death toll from the train crash in Germany has risen to eight, Bavarian police have confirmed.

Around 100 people have light injuries and 50 have been seriously injured.

Members of emergency services rescue an injured person by helicopter from the site. Credit: Reuters

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Police: Train crash 'biggest accident' in region in years

Rescue workers stand near the river at the crash site in southern Germany. Credit: Reuters/Michael Dalder

A German police spokesman has described the train crash in Bavaria as the "biggest accident" in the region in years.

Stefan Sonntag confirmed that two regional trains had collided on a single track between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen.

He said it was difficult to establish how many people had died as the scene was so "chaotic".

This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene.

– Stefan Sonntag, police spokesman
Many rescue workers were at the scene of the crash. Credit: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Investigations begin into cause of German train crash

The accident happened in Bavaria, southern Germany. Credit: Reuters

Investigations have started into what caused a head-on crash between two trains in southern Germany.

Dozens of rescue teams are on site, including helicopters, and streets in the area are closed.

A press conference will be held at 12.00 local time (11.00 GMT).

Several people are thought to have died in the accident. Credit: EBU

Meridian, the company that operated the two trains, said it was unclear why the collision happened.

It has set up a helpline for those concerned about anyone they think may have been involved in the accident: +49 395 43084390.

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