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Bavaria train crash: At least four killed in German rail accident

At least four people were killed and about 30 injured when a train derailed in Germany's south-eastern state of Bavaria, police say.

The train, which was carrying many students, was heading to Munich when three carriages came off the tracks near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Investigators say they are working to establish what caused the accident.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed shock at the incident and said his sympathy was with families of the victims.

An official from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen local authority had initially suggested that some 60 people had been injured, but Stefan Sonntag, a spokesperson for the German federal police, said that figure referred to the number of passengers on the train.

The accident happened at around 13:15 local time (11:15 GMT) on Friday, shortly after the train left Garmisch-Partenkirchen for Munich.

Mr Sonntag told reporters that 15 of the injured were in serious condition at a local hospital. Authorities also confirmed that a number of children were among those hurt.


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