At least 47 injured in Germany as trains collide, rescue ops on

Berlin, Dec 6: At least 47 people were injured when a passenger train crashed into a freight train near the western German city of Duesseldorf on Tuesday, prompting a large rescue operation. At least three of the passengers were “badly hurt” while the vast majority suffered light injuries, the Meerbusch fire department said on Twitter, giving the overall toll. The train was carrying 155 people. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, which happened at around 7.30 pm (1830 GMT) near the station of Meerbusch-Osterath in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. “The rescue services on the ground have the situation under control. The injured people are gradually being transferred to hospital,” the fire department tweeted.
A spokeswoman for Germany’s state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn told DPA news agency that its DB Cargo train was apparently stationary when the regional train operated by Britain’s National Express slammed into it. “There was no sense of panic,” 19-year-old Lukas Kehler who had been on board the train told regional television station WDR.
Emergency services deployed after the accident but access to the train was hindered by ruptured contact wires which first had to be made safe to prevent electric shocks, according to the Meerbusch fire department.
Rescue workers were able to reach those injured by 9.15 pm, it said. Agencies