Three children injured as train with pupils aboard derails in Germany

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Emergency personnel have launched a rescue operation after a train carrying 50 students derailed in Bavaria.

Authorities received reports around 7.30am this morning that the vehicle had derailed near the Peiting-Ost train station in the Weilheim-Schongau district as students travelled to school.

Local publication Augsburg Allgemeine reported that three people received injuries and others went into shock.

Approximately 100 service personnel attended the site and commenced evacuation efforts this morning. 

They have since cleared the train, with those affected “being cared for”.

Personnel had initially feared the train had overturned but arrived at the scene to find it had only left the tracks. 

Officials are unsure as to how the train derailed and have launched an investigation.

So far, rail network Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB), which is responsible for investigating, has confirmed only that the rail track bed sustained damage. 

Bavarian regional rail company DB-Netz has enacted route closures, with “major disruption” across the service this morning. 

While the route remains closed, people can catch a replacement bus service between Schongau and Peißenberg.

More to follow…

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