Serious train accident in Germany - four killed, 30 injured

Train accident in Germany nearly crowded train derailed in southern Germany near a popular ski resort.

Serious train accident in Germany - four killed, 30 injured
The train derailed with devastating consequences in southern Germany on Friday. PHOTO:  MATHIAS HEINE / AFP

FOUR people were killed and 30 injured in a train crash in southern Germany, Reuters reported.

Fifteen of the injured are in hospital, a police spokesman said, adding that there were 60 people on the train at the time of the incident.

The accident happened north of the popular ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria.

Several of the train carriages derailed and rolled down the embankment. It was a commuter train with several school children.

Prosecutors and police have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.

No information was provided on the identities of the dead or whether the train driver was among the victims.

The rescue operation is still ongoing, according to Reuters, and the train line in question is currently completely closed.