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Two high-speed trains crash in Berlin rail yard

Two high-speed trains crashed in a rail yard in Berlin in the early hours of Friday morning. A train driver was taken to hospital with shock.

Two high-speed trains crash in Berlin rail yard
The trains smashed at the Berlin rail yard on Friday morning. Photo: DPA

The accident happened at around 1.30am in the Berlin-Rummelsburg rail yard  in the east of the city. A driver was shunting one of the high-speed trains (ICE) and drove it into another one which was waiting on the same platform.

The train was travelling at around 20 km/h, a police spokesman said, and four carriages were derailed in the smash.

“It’s too early to say exactly how much damage was caused but it was a considerable amount,” the police spokesman told The Local.

He said the driver of the train was taken to hospital with shock.

Engineers were on site on Friday morning to put the derailed carriages back on the track and take the trains away for repair.

The accident is not expected to cause any delays to services.

SEE ALSO: Five injured in train crash near Munich

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German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident

Thirteen people, including German tourists, have been killed after a cable car disconnected and fell near the summit of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident
The local emergency services published this photograph of the wreckage. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

The accident was announced by Italy’s national fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, at 13.50 on Sunday, with the agency saying over Twitter that a helicopter from the nearby town of Varese was on the scene. 

Italy’s National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps confirmed that there were 13 victims and two seriously injured people.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that German tourists were among the 13 victims.

According to their report, there were 15 passengers inside the car — which can hold 35 people — at the time a cable snapped, sending it tumbling into the forest below. Two seriously injured children, aged nine and five, were airlifted to hospital in Turin. 

The cable car takes tourists and locals from Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore up to a panoramic peak on the Mottarone mountain, reaching some 1,500m above sea level. 

According to the newspaper, the car had been on its way from the lake to the mountain when the accident happened, with rescue operations complicated by the remote forest location where the car landed. 

The cable car had reopened on April 24th after the end of the second lockdown, and had undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments in 2016, which involved the cable undergoing magnetic particle inspection (MPI) to search for any defects. 

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Twitter that he expressed his “condolences to the families of the victims, with special thoughts for the seriously injured children and their families”.

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini told Italy’s Tg1 a commission of inquiry would be established, according to Corriere della Sera: “Our thoughts go out to those involved. The Ministry has initiated procedures to set up a commission and initiate checks on the controls carried out on the infrastructure.”

“Tomorrow morning I will be in Stresa on Lake Maggiore to meet the prefect and other authorities to decide what to do,” he said.

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