At least nine people have died and more than 100 are injured after two passenger trains have collided in the German state of Bavaria, police say.
The head-on crash happened near Bad Aibling, a spa town about 37 miles south-east of Munich.
One of the trains was derailed in the crash and several carriages were overturned, German media reported.
Police said rescue teams were trying to free people still trapped in the wreckage.
Regional police said in a tweet that four people were dead and about 100 injured, of whom 15 were in a critical condition and 40 seriously hurt.
“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,” another police spokesman, Stefan Sonntag, told the Associated Press news agency.
Regional train company Meridian said in a statement that “a tragic accident” had occurred on a single-track route between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen at about 07:00 local time.
Bernd Rosenbach, managing director of Bayerische Oberlandbahn which operates Meridian trains, told reporters: “The accident is a huge shock for us. We are doing everything we can to help the travelers, relatives and workers.”
Technical manager Fabian Amini added: “Our thanks go to the emergency services and workers who gave their help so quickly.”
The scene of the crash is close to the Mangfall River in a hilly and densely wooded region.
Although the trains were carrying commuters, local carnival holidays meant no schoolchildren were on board, according to reports.
The cause of the collision is not yet known.
Roads around the scene have been closed and the railway line between Holzkirchen and Rosenheim is blocked, local media reported.
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted: “Really awful news from #badaibling – our thoughts are with the victims and injured. Thanks to the rescue workers.”
Ten people are reportedly dead after a bus carrying prisoners lost control on an icy highway overpass and collided with a train near Odessa, Texas, officials say.
Sheriff Mark Donaldson said the bus skidded off an overpass and slid down an embankment before hitting the train.
Texas officials said the bus was carrying 12 prisoners and three corrections officers from one prison in Abilene to another in El Paso.
Two corrections officers and eight inmates died in the crash, the Corrections Department said in a statement. The five other people on the bus – four inmates and one corrections officer – have been transported to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.
A Union Pacific spokesman said there were no injures on the train, but the railcars have not moved since the crash.
In a statement, the Texas criminal justice department said eight prisoners and two corrections officers were killed.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident,” executive director Brad Livingston said.
“Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
Two trains have collided in western Switzerland injuring at least 40 people have been injured, five of them seriously.
The crash happened in Granges-pres-Marnand in Vaud canton, about 30 miles south-west of the capital, Bern.
Reports say the regional trains collided head-on in the early evening.
Two trains have collided in western Switzerland injuring at least 40 people have been injured
The driver of one of the trains was still unaccounted for and thought to be inside the wreckage, police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said.
“These are regional trains. The speeds are a little lower and even if one deeply regrets the likely loss of life of one person as well as five serious injuries, the situation could have been much more catastrophic,” he said.
Jean-Christophe Sauterel said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash.
One of the injured was taken by helicopter to Lausanne. Others were treated at the scene by paramedics or taken to hospital by ambulance.
Earlier this month, 79 people were killed in a high-speed derailment in north-western Spain.
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