dead, more than 100 hurt in train crash near Bavarian spa town
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[February 09, 2016]
By Joern Poeltz
BAD AIBLING, Germany (Reuters) - Nine
people were killed and more than 100 were injured when two passenger
trains collided head-on near a Bavarian spa town about 60 km (37 miles)
Among the 108 people injured, 18 were in a serious condition,
after the crash at a peak commuter time of 6.48 a.m. (0548 GMT) near
Bad Aibling in the southern state of Bavaria near the border with
Austria. One of the trains was derailed.
Dozens of rescue teams were on site and helicopters took some of the
casualties to nearby hospitals. The area was sealed off and
alongside the rescue effort, a crash investigation had begun, police
The trains' operator, Meridian, is part of French passenger
transport firm Transdev, which is jointly owned by state-owned bank
CDC and water and waste firm Veolia <VIE.PA>.
Transdev said in a statement that management and staff were terribly
shocked by the "exceptionally serious accident" and that Chief
Executive Jean-Marc Janaillac was at the scene.
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, also at the site of
the crash, said it was unclear whether it had been due to a
technical failure or human error.
State-owned Deutsche Bahn is responsible for the track. The line has
a system that makes a train brake automatically if it goes through a
Police will hold a news conference but it was delayed from the
planned 12.00 local time (1100 GMT).
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Meridian runs train, tram and bus networks in 19 countries and had
revenues of 6.6 billion euros ($7.4 billion) in 2014.
(Additional reporting by Rene Wagner, Thomas Seythal, Michael Dalder
and Geert de Clercq in Paris; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing
by Louise Ireland)
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