Train-lorry collision in southern Germany leaves both drivers dead


A passenger train struck a heavy lorry at a rail crossing late Thursday in southern Germany, killing both drivers and injuring four people, police said.

The lorry carrying a military truck on a flatbed trailer was believed to have stopped in the crossing before the collision, which was followed by an explosion.

The truck’s other passenger was able to escape unharmed.

Four of the train’s around 40 passengers were seriously injured, police said early Friday. The rest were shaken but not harmed.

The collision occurred about 70 kilometres east of Nuremburg in Freihung in the state of Bavaria.

The train was on a regional line. Images from the scene showed a red carriage scorched black from the fiery collision.