Several people have died in a head-on crash between two trains in southern Germany, which police have described as the "biggest accident" in the region in years.
Germany is well-known for the quality and efficiency of its train services, but the country has witnessed a number of tragic rail disasters in recent times.
In 1998 a high-speed ICE train travelling from Munich to Hamburg derailed in the village of Eschede, Lower Saxony.
A hundred and one people died and around 100 were injured.
It remains Germany's worst rail accident to date.
Another disaster also happened in the same region in 2006 when a high-tech magnetic train crashed into a maintenance wagon on a test run at a speed of at least 200 km per hour (120 miles per hour).
Twenty-three people were killed and a further 10 were injured in the accident in Lathen.
The most recent train crash to result in fatalities was in 2011 when a passenger train and a cargo train collided in heavy fog on a single-line track near Hordorf.
The passenger train derailed and was catapulted into a nearby field killing ten people and seriously injuring 43.
German rail disasters since 1990:
1990 - Rüsselsheim - 17 killed and 145 seriously injured
1992 - Northeim - 11 killed and 52 injured, many seriously
1994 - Bad Bramstedt - 6 dead and dozens injured
1998 - Eschede - 101 died and 100 injured
2000 - Brühl - nine people killed
2006 - Lathen - 23 dead and around 10 injured
2011 - Hordorf - 10 killed and 43 seriously injured