Sunday's (8 June) train disaster near Munich has claimed the lives of at least forty-two people, and injured eighty-seven.
GV PAN ROUND Crash scene, rescue workers beneath floodlights
CU Front of smashed engine
CU PAN Crumpled wreckage of other train
CU PAN Engine on its side
SV Police inspecting debris
SCU PAN ROUND Rescue workers and officials
SV Rescue workers boards overturned carriage
SV PAN Rescue worker on ladder over upturned carriage PAN DOWN TO ground
CU Debris on ground
SV Fire engine
SV Red Cross workers serving tea in tent
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Background: Sunday's (8 June) train disaster near Munich has claimed the lives of at least forty-two people, and injured eighty-seven.
Two passenger trains collided head-on a single track between the stations of Holzkirchen and Schaftlach. One train was almost empty, but the other was packed with day trippers returning from their Sunday in the mountains near the Austrian border. Many of the dead were dressed in lederhosen (leather shorts), and strewn about were the bunches of wild flowers they'd picked.
About four hundred rescue workers toiled in drizzling rain throughout the night to free the dead and injured. Ambulances travelling to Munich were hampered by holiday traffic jams and some of the seriously injured were flown to hospital by helicopter.
The trains were operating on the first Sunday of new summer timetable, and it's been reported that the new schedule may have contained an error that caused the two trains to be travelling on a collision course.