German trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injured


Almost 50 people were injured Tuesday near Duesseldorf, Germany, when a passenger train collided with a freight train in the suburb of Meerbusch. Meerbusch is in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state.

- Reuters picDUESSELDORF, Dec 6- A passenger train collided with a freight train near the western German city of Duesseldorf yesterday, injuring several people although the initial tolls given by officials varied significantly.

There was no immediate reason given for the crash.

The collision took place near the Meerbusch-Osterath railway station, where the passenger train rammed from behind into the freight train, which parked on the same track.

Authorities said there had been multiple injuries but didn't immediately have more specific information.

The train was a commuter train run by a subsidiary of the British-owned National Express.

"Our emergency services arrived at the accident site", the Meerbusch Fire Department said via Twitter.

Approximately 150 people were on board the passenger train at the time of the crash.