At least four people killed after regional train derails in southern Germany

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At least four people have died and several others are injured after a regional train derailed in the southern German region of Bavaria.

The train was headed for Munich when it came off the tracks at around 12:15 CEST in Burgrain, near the Alpine ski resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Images from the scene show that some double-deck carriages overturned and had rolled down the embankment onto their side.

It wasn’t clear how many people were on the train at the time of the accident, which occurred on the last day before the school holidays.

Police in Garmisch-Partenkirchen said that at least three people were killed and 30 others had been injured, including around 15 seriously.

The cause of the derailment is being investigated and a large rescue operation remains underway.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser was travelling to the scene of the "terrible accident", a ministry spokesman said.

The railway line between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberau, north of the accident site, was closed.

The most recent fatal rail accident occurred in February 2022 when one person was killed and 14 injured in a collision between two local trains near Munich.

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