50 injured in German train collision near Düsseldorf, says police

The point of impact

The point of impact

Five people were injured in a train collision in a city close to Dusseldorf on Tuesday, local fire department said.

The accident happened at around 7:30pm near the station of Meerbusch-Osterath, state rail operator Deutsche Bahn said.

Authorities say the train carrying 155 people hit the freight train Tuesday evening, west of Duesseldorf, causing serious injuries to at least three people, moderate injury to three more, and minor injuries to at least 41 other people.

There was no immediate reason given for the crash.

The railway has confirmed to German news outlets that a National Express train collided with a DB Cargo train.

The Meerbusch fire department said access to the train and passengers has been made "difficult by the torn-off contact wire of the overhead contact line, which poses a risk of electric shock to persons outside the train".

The train was still standing upright on the tracks. (Meerbusch fire department) There were approximately 150 on board the passenger train.

In May, seven people were lightly injured when a regional train derailed in eastern Germany.

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