Dozens injured in a train collision in Meerbusch, Germany

50 injured after passenger train hits freight train in Germany

A regional passenger train collided with a freight train Tuesday evening in the western German city of Meerbusch, located about 10 kilometres northwest of Dusseldorf, Xinhua news agency reported.

Local media reported on Tuesday the accident happened near the train station in the town of Meerbusch, near Dusseldorf. While a rescue operation was launched immediately, authorities have said the injuries people suffered were not life-threatening.

The regional express train carrying passengers is run by the privately-owned British operator National Express, while the cargo train is operated by DB Cargo, it added.

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A photo tweeted by the Meerbusch fire service showed the passenger train partially derailed but still upright.

The local fire department has put the number of injured at around 49, three seriously.

It estimated there were 150 people on board at the time of the crash.

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