Regional train hits truck, 33 injured

Regional train hits truck, 33 injured
Rescue workers at the scene of Friday's crash south-west of Stuttgart. Photo: DPA
Thirty-three people were injured in southern Germany on Friday lunchtime when a regional passenger train collided with an articulated truck that was transporting a giant dumper truck.

At least 33 people were injured in the incident, four of them seriously, police said.

The accident occurred around lunchtime on Friday near Epfendorf, 80 kilometres south-west of Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg.

The collision happened as the slow-moving articulated truck became stuck while negotiating a crossing on the rail line.

The train rammed into the vehicle and ploughed it 50 metres along the tracks before coming to a standstill.

Twenty-seven of the 60 passengers on board the regional train were injured, most of them not seriously. 

A man and a woman who had been driving the transporter truck were also hurt.

Four people were seriously hurt in the incident and were flown to hospital by helicopter.

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