Berlin: A head-on train crash in eastern Germany killed 10 people and injured at least 33 others, eight of them severely, local firefighters said on Sunday.
A passenger and a cargo train crashed head-on near Hordorf village, close to Saxony-Anhalt`s state capital Magdeburg, and several train cars derailed and overturned, a spokesman for the district`s firefighters said. He declined to be named in line with department policy.
Rescue operations were still under way early Sunday, and police had no immediate information as to what could have caused the accident late Saturday evening, regional police spokesman Frank Kuessner said.
Eight bodies have been retrieved from the passenger train so far and some 35 suffered injuries, he said. Kuessner had no immediate explanation for the differing casualty figures.
"Rescue operations are still ongoing. The death toll may well rise further," he said.
Saxony-Anhalt`s Deputy Interior Minister Ruediger Erben, who rushed to the scene late Saturday, said the trains must have crashed head-on with high speed, German news agency DAPD reported.
The accident happened about 125 miles (200 kilometres) southwest of Berlin, Germany`s capital.